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The Gospel Messenger 


Vol. 64. 


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Converting a Brewery. 
Willi the passing of the saloon in the State of Wash- 
ington, there are some problems to solve concerning 
vacated buildings, but the people of the State are equal 
to the occasion. A brewery at North Yakima, Washing- 
ton, is to be converted into a preserving and fruit-canning 
establishment. Thousands of tons of the best sort of 
fruit are going to waste in the Yakima Valley every year, 
and it is proposed to utilize this, adding materially, in 
this way, to the resources of the State. We have, in this, 
a most significant change. An establishment, hitherto 
engaged in wasting the products of the soil, is to become 
a conserver of earth's choicest products. There will be 
a manifest gain all around —a change apparent to all, and 
susceptible of general application in other fields. 


suspicion was allowed to 
"« should have reigned supr 
s not easily provoked, thinkoll 

Why Not Dedicate Our Possessions? 
Doubtless the highest degree of Christian efficiency 
can not be attained unless there is a disposition to con- 
secrate the possessions as well as the life to the service 
of the Lord,— so far as it is at all possible. It is said in a 
recent report from the Burma mission field, that a Karen 
convert, trained in a mission school, evinced a rare de- 
gree of devotion to the Lord's work. When he decided. 

What a Japanese Thinks of Christ. 
It is remarkable, indeed, that in these days of disbelief 
and loose teaching among Christians of our own land 
the™ should arise a witness in far-off Japan,_the noted 
writer Tukutomi, to attest his absolute and unswerving 
belief in the divinity of Chris,. He writes as follows 
^Day by day Jesus Christ is born anew in the hearts of 
-knowledge him to be their Redeemer and 
heart, in our own land, he has been 

King. ] 

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The Scandinavian Alliance. 
In the interest of forestalling the participation of na- 
tions, now neutral, in the European conflict, the recent 
conference of the three Scandinavian rulers is of special 
interest. By the agreement entered into, Denmark, Sweden 
and Norway will act in unison on all points affecting 
their neutrality, but they will also be enabled to lend 
their influence, together with that of the United States, 
to the early termination of the unholy struggle, by which 
practically all countries of Europe are so disastrously 
affected. Commerce and shipping have been largely para- 
lyzed, even in neutral countries, and the fervent desire 
that the scourge .of war may speedily be abated, is be- 
coming quite general among the nations which, while 
neutral, are severe sufferers by the disturbed conditions. 

purpose to do it to God's glory. As soon as he had fin- 
ished the construction of a rice-mill, he asked tile mis- 
sionary to dedicate it to the honor of the Lord, vowing 
that a goodly share of its proceeds should minister to the 
extension of the Kingdom. The preacher suggested, as 
a motto for the new company, " Seek ye first the kingdom 
of God and his righteousness." The suggestion was wel- 
comed, and now the earnest young business man is abun- 
dantly glorifying the Lord in his active life. " Not sloth- 
ful in business; . . . serving the Lord." 


Work in Chinese Cities, 
en't reports from China indicate that the large 

ancient walled cities of that land are now open to the 
Gospel for the first time. Seventeen hundred of these 
with thousands of smaller administrative centers, are now 
in full readiness for the missionary,— a marvelous con- 
dition of affairs. The new order of things is due to a 
series of international events in the Far East which have 
made the Chinese leaders dissatisfied with their religion, 
realizing its impotence. If Christianity's forces take 
advantage of this supreme opportunity, and give them 
the Gospel, in exchange for what they have given up, 
great results are sure to follow. It is readily seen that 
ms hour is the present one. If allowed to 
improved, its opportunities can never be re- 

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Arizona's Proposed Restriction. 
Objections are being offered by the British, Austro- 
Hungarian, Italian and Japanese representatives against 
the proposed law of Arizona, which would require that 
eighty per cent of the employes of firms and corporations 
in that State be native or naturalized citizens. The am- 
bassadors maintain that such a law would be in contra- 
vention of treaties between their countries and the United 
States. It is feared by many of our ablest diplomats that 
the conflict between the State rights and the Federal 
nment's prerogative in making treaties, may eventu- 
ivolve the United States in serious difficulties. The 
ations now insisting upon their treaty privileges — 

and against prohibitory State legislation, will 

ess bring a most perplexing question to a point 
its settlement can not be evaded. 


Latest War Developments. 
As we go to press (forenoon of Dec. 29) the situation on 
the eastern and western fighting lines has not greatly 
changed from the conditions delineated last week, save 
that severe blizzards add to the general suffering and dis- 
tress of the armies on the field. The burning question 
with the allied forces, just now, is whether Italy and Japan 
can be counted upon to furnish reinforcements. Italy's 
desire is to remain neutral, and only the most dire ex- 
tremity would fqree her to enter the conflict. Japan is 
more than willing to send troops to the European battle 
arena, and France would be glad to have them come, but 
England is loth to consent, lest the Asiatics thereby claim 
recognition, and insist upon removal of restrictive laws 
against Japanese emigration. The United States Gov- 
ernment cabled a courteous, yet persistent, note to Great 
Britain, Dec. 28, insisting that American commerce must 
not be interfered with by the British fleet, and that 
definite assurance to that end must be given. 

When the Light Is Dim. 
So-called Christians who, while posing as nominal be- 
lievers, belie their profession by their unseemly conduct, 
are altogether too common anywhere. Especially harm- 
ful, however, is their influence in heathen lands, where 
missionaries are trying to teach the better way by pre- 
cept and example. A worker in West Africa tells the 
story of a native boy who, after attending the mission 
school, made a thirty-six days' journey to his home. For 
twenty-eight days he passed through stretches of country 
that knew of no missionary. Arriving at home, he told 
the people the story of Jesus, assuring them that the white 
man had brought the good news. His people scarcely 
believed it. " What," said they, " have the white men got 
a religion?" These people knew nothing of the for- 
eigners save as Government employes, traders, etc. 
Though these men claimed to be Christians, nominally at 
least, somehow the natives could not think of them as 
its .of the Way of Life. Profession and practice 

ception of the transforming power of Chr 

Messed the soul that realizes, to the full, Christ's benign 

powerl s " 

A Majority and Yet Defeated. 
Promoters of the Hobson Prohibition Amendment to 
the National Constitution awaited Congressional action 
on the measure, Dec. 22, with considerable anxiety. Of 
course, even the most sanguine hardly expected the pas- 
sage of the amendment at the first attempt, but it was 
hoped that there might be at least a good vote for the 
incisure. With the eyes of the entire country fastened 
upon then,, the members of Congress found themselves 
111 a most unique position. Their constituents, to a very 
arge extent confidently expected them to vote for pro- 
hibition. The hqnor men used every available means to 
defeat the measure. While there is some gratification 
that the amendment secured a majority of votes the 
requisite two-thirds vote, to pass the measure to the Sen- 
ate, could not be reached. Future candidates for Congress 
are likely to be closely scrutinized by prohibition work- 
ers, with special reference to their convictions as to tern 
perance, in ease the amendment is ag ain presented. 

Physical Tests for Mental Fitness. 
Dr. Nicholas Murray Butler, of Columbia University 
makes the decidedly novel recommendation in his an' 
nual report that only persons physically sound in every 
respect should hereafter be admitted to the portals of 
that institution. He insists that every applicant for ad- 
mission to that university be made to go through a phys- 
ical test, corresponding to that required by the United 
States military and naval schools. Should he fail to 
measure up to that rigorous standard, Columbia, presum- 
ably, would have no use for him. Manifestly Dr. Butler's 
suggestion, if it were generally adopted, would rule out 
many from educational privileges who, while not as robust 
as some, need scholastic training for self-sustenance and 
development in life. History records the careers of many 
men and women of great intellectual vigor who could not 
have passed an examination such as Dr. Butler would re- 
quire. Evidently, the fount of learning should not be 
barred against any one as contemplated. 

A Defense That Never Fails. 

As intimated in previous issues, the militarists of our 

land arc doing their utmost to turn peaceful America 

into an armed camp, prepared to meet threatened inva- 


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Achievements of Ancient Egypt. 

According to a recent bulletin of the National Geo- 

aphic Society, the Suez Canal, commonly reckoned 

Dangers of Suspicion. 
More and more is it becoming apparent that the real 
cause of the European hostilities must be ascribed to 
'unwarranted suspicion. England feared Germany's de- 
signs, and was ready to put the worst construction upon 
apparently trivial affairs. On the other hand Germany 
suspicioned England, and was prepared to believe that 
Anglo-Saxon greed was seeking every opportunity of 
thwarting Germany's legitimate expansion. The same 
thing holds true in regard to Russia, France, and other 
European countries. From the plentiful sowing of sus- 
picion there has resulted the devastating war, unparalleled 
in the world's history. Were it to stop right now, it would 
require fifty years or more to restore the stricken lands 
to their former prosperity. Contemplating this woeful 
state of affairs in Europe, we were made to think of the 
deplorable results of suspicion when it is allowed to 
enter the portals of the spiritual realm. Many a fair 
„ name has been tarnished, many a prosperous congrega- 

• the 

of mode 

engineering skill, is 
not the first waterway from the Red Sea to the Mediter- 
ranean. Archaeologists assert that the Egyptians, as early 
as 13SO-130O B. C, constructed such a canal, navigable 
for ships of small tonnage. As, however, the canal was 
obviously too shallow and narrow to be of permanent 
value, it soon became choked by the shifting sands of the 
desert. Another canal was begun by Necho about 600 
B. C, and completed a century later. Trajan, at a later 
period, restored this canal. Napoleon, during his stay 
in Egypt, planned to reopen and enlarge this old canal, 
but was unable to carry out the cherished project. It 
remained for de Lesseps, the brilliant Frenchman, to 
make a modern anil more extensive application of the 
marvelous engineering project, originated by the ancient 
Egyptians. It is but fair and just to remember, in the" 
days of progress and enlightenment, t 
are not the sole prerogative of model 

I'b' in past ages were gifted i any arts and science; 

and not a few of their attainments are unequalled today. 

ml skill 
The peo- 

imagination of these alarmists. Chief and foren— . 
these forces is the Navy League, a most powerful organi- 
zation now, and destined to become a still more dominant 
influence as time goes on. Even more deplorable it is 
that the press of our lai.„ ..„s largely been swept into 
the vortex of militarism. While a few metropolitan 
dailies, with the courage of their convictions, venture to 
raise their remonstrance against the folly of increased 
war equipment,— maintaining that such a state of ever 
ready preparedness is a constant invitation to hostilities 
—they are all too few to mould public opinion along 
right lines in this most critical hour. Among religious 
journals the " Northwestern Christian Advocate," " Chris- 
tian Work and Evangelist," and others, are defining their 

guage, and one can but wish there were more. The editor 
of the second paper, referred to above,— in taking up the 
cry so clamorously made nowadays, " We must fortify," 
— assents to it, but gives it a decidedly novel turn. Tak- 
ing, as an ( example, the much-discussed fortifications 
against Japanese invaders, he suggests that the $10,000,- 
000, required for such defenses, be used in building hos- 
pitals, libraries, etO> for the people of Japan, thus show- 
illy them that we are their friends in every sense of the 
word. Would not such a curse at once banish all ill 
feeling and make them our friends forever? That sort of 
defense costs but little, comparatively, and is effective, 
and victories thus gained are lasting. 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 


New Year. 

Vc have seen the happy dawning of another New 
And its vision is all bright with hope and joy, 
•or we trust the Father only as revealed in Christ 
)cman can destroy. 



nd to point their eyes 

And the wheat will come when spring has sped away. 
And the curtains of the dark will spread to give the jay- 
light room 

For the hearts that all the winter trust and pray. 
So we welcome in the harbinger of happy skies to be: 

May the year be not again of strife and wars, 
But a year of blessing only, and of joyous jubilee 

Ere shall come at last its eventide of stars 
Wc will pray for peace and blessing; we will live the life 

We will image here the Master and his gaze 
On the needy ones, to succor, 
That all earth and heaven shall be thrilled with praise. 
We have crossed the river Jordan to the New Year- 
fields of light, 
We have tasted of the " old co 
But the burthen of the blossom! 
Are far stretching in the distances before; 
And we gaze upon its promise, and we clasp the Word of 
And we look, full-eyed, to heaven 
For the Christ of God look! 
way trod, 
And he marks our every pathway from above. 
So we join in glad surrender to the flowing tides of joy 

In the hope of fields of golden grain 
And no tempest can the glad notes of 01 

stroy, . 

As we look toward months of hope and victory. 
Let the angels plume their pinions, let the children jump 
and play, 
Let the plowman plov 
Will be full of rich frui 
Till we soar at last to happy heights of praise. 
Mechanicsburg, Pa. 

i our loi 
s, who befo 

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happy lay de- 

ope; for coming days 
xM be full of heaven and 

higher life of nations and eats like a gangrene into 
the vitals of civilization" ; and again: "All history 
testifies that a republic has no peril so insidious to 
fear as the growth of military power within its own 
borders." Let the history that is now in the making, 
with such fearful rapidity, bear witness to the wis- 
dom of these warning words. 

Therefore, why not stop? "Why not say, in a 
tone audible around the world, — ' We will go no fur- 
ther in this business ' ? " The deadly upas tree of 
militarism has borne its fruits ; let the world profit by 
the lesson. 

Were it not better that the young manhood and the 
virile strength of our nation be consecrated and up- 
lifted to the nobility of Christian service, to the re- 
lief of suffering, to the help of the poor and the out- 
cast, making the world a better place to live in? 

With nations, as with individuals, the nearer we 
come to our Heavenly Father, the nearer we come to 
each other in the brotherhood of man. 

Battleships and armies and forts have proved be- 
yond doubt that they can not keep the peace; they 
have been tried and found wanting, and capital in- 
vested in the making of them becomes itself a menace 
to the welfare of the nation. Shall not the United 
States try the more excellent way, "the fruitful 
strifes and rivalries of peace " ? 

Fellow-citizens, we entreat you to pause and con- 
sider these things, — to discern the signs of the times, 
—to seek the path of duty by that pure light of the 
Spirit of Christ which enlightens every man, 

The Christian disciple serves a Master who " shall 
not fail nor be discouraged." " The field is the world," 
we stand " for no one generation, for no single land " 
— the boundaries of nations are broken down in this 
awful time, and for the sake of our common human- 
ity, in the name of him who gave himself for the 
life of the world, we make this solemn appeal. 

On behalf of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of 
Friends: John B. Garrett, George M. Warner, Han- 
nah P. Morris, Davis H. Forsythe, Dr. Edward G. 
Rhoads, Isaac Sharpless, George Abbott, James M. 
Moon, William Bishop. 

following paper 

The Lesson of the War in Europe. 

.he midst of war excitement, the Friends, as a non- 
.;, „MTlous body, are active In the Interest of peace 
their late Yearly Meeting In Fhlladelphli 
as framed, and It Is being 
We heartily commend th< 
Friends. — Ed.) 

To our Fellow Citizens: 

For more than three months we have watched the 
ebb and flow of the blood-red tide of war in Europe : 
the tidings from its battlefields might stir the coldest 
heart to some sense of that " Infinite Pity which is 
alone sufficient for the infinite pathos of human life." 
We need not dwell upon these awful pictures, save 
as they may awaken us to a sense of the duty which 

their influence is being seriiAisly felt in some of our 
churches. Their main or, toerhaps, only tenet is, 
" Saved at conversion." TRey are known as the 
" Eternal Security " people. They reject all works, 
or obedience to any commanldments, claiming that 
works dishonor God. He saves^ us by his grace. We 
should be careful, in our preaching and writing, not 
to furnish them with material to rr^ake it easy for them 
to draw our own members awayl Would it not be 
better; to say that the penitent believer, — who has 
complied with the gospel conditions of faith, repen- 
tance and baptism, — is pardoned, or converted? 

•True, they are saved from past sins, but when 
speaking of them being saved it should be s8 quali- 
fied. " Go," said the Savior, " and make disciples of 
the nations. Baptize the penitents." In all the cases 
of conversion recorded, the thought is either expressed 
or implied, that baptism is for the remission of for- 
mer sins, so the converted are saved from their old 
sins. But now, said the Savior, "Teach them to 
observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you, 
and lo, I am with you alway." They are not fully 
saved. There is something to do yet, still it is grace 
that saves. 

The Christian warfare begins with a struggle in the 
soul, which is known as conviction,— being " pricked 
in the heart." Then the soul, in its distress, cries 
-out, " What must I do to be saved? " There is some- 
thing to do. The first step is conversion. But we 
should be very careful not to express this thought in 
a way that would indicate that it is the whole of the 
divine requirement to insure salvation. 
Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

Are We Saved When Converted? 


To say, without qualification, that people are ! 


when converted, will certainly be construed by many 
in such a way as to lead to confusion and error. If 
the doctrine, in an unqualified sense, is true that a 
the soul, when converted, is saved, then the " Eternal 
Security " people, who believe and teach that all we 
need is conversion, are right. 

Common sense, without any Scripture, should con- 
vince any one, with a mind open to reason, that when 
we once possess a thing, we do not need to work to 
obtain it. Even the little boy, when peanuts are given 
to him, does not feel that he is under obligation to 
pay for them. 

If the soul is saved at conversion, there could be no 

upon us, which lies at our doors,— the duty possibility of falling from grace. A saved soul is 

to endeavor, by the Grace of God, to root out from the secure. A soul that is saved can not " go on to per- 

world this fearful disease. fection." It has already arrived there. To a soul 

It can not be the will of our merciful Father in that is saved, obedience to ordinances seems like a 

heaven that this earth which he has made should useless burden. 

suffer forever from the hideous scourge of war; but It is not apparent why a soul that is saved should 

it is possible for us to oppose his will, to be so given take the yoke of Christ and learn of him. It would 

over to the worship of force, to the lust for power, seem as though any further learning is useless. It is 

and to the selfishness and vainglory of life, that we also puzzling to know what the apostle meant when 

go on, year after year, building our battleships and he told the saved to " work out their own salvation." 

destroyers, and forts, and assembling our armed hosts, If the soul is saved at conversion, the tempter may 

until at last he takes us at our word, and allows us just as well seek a more fruitful field. When the soul 

to follow our own devices, to depend upon the sword is once saved, his work has reached its limit. Can- 

and the right arm of man's power, and the shield of didly, if a soul is saved it has attained all that the 

our own making. Then come envy and jealousy, Lord himself can give. It can not be more than saved, 

strife and hatred, and some cry that Christianity has Then, why talk about obeying the whole Gospel, and 

failed, while others invoke the aid and blessing of even go to the extent of making rules and regulations 
the^Llmighty upon the success of their arms. 

Our country, at this very hour, is facing at once 
rful responsibility and a glorious privilege: it 
jur power to turn back this tide of militarism, to 
i example from which the rest of the world can 
ot turn away. One of our own countrymen says 

that are deduced from certain premises or in- 
ferences, and why even make them a test of menv 
bership in the church? The observance of such rites 
and ceremonies certainly can not affect souls that are 
already saved. 

There is a band of people now rising up among us 

that " militarism blights like a pestilential wind the and drawing away some of our own members, and 

The Public Conscience. 


In this day of big problems we find all kinds of so- 
called reforms advocated by men of various degrees of 
intelligence. Many of the schemes for bettering 
church and state are mere dreams, and impossible of 
realization. We must soon understand that there 
cure-all for public ills, nor can custom and traditions 
of society be changed in the twinkling of an eye. We 
have enough laws on the statute books to keep every 
one out of trouble, if enforced and obeyed. Obe- 
dience to laws, obviously, is just as important and 
necessary as enforcement of them. But if one would 
better the community in which he lives, he can not 
depend on law alone. A stronger and more available 
power must be understood and used. I refer to the 
public conscience. 

By the term " public conscience," I mean the dom- 
inating spirit in any community, the general opinion 
of the public at large, the ideas of the people con- 
solidated. I am using it in this paper in the same 
sense as " public opinion." Now public opinion is not 
necessarily the opinion of every individual, for it is 
manifestly impossible to get everybody to agree on all 
points. But on every subject there arises, slowly and 
steadily, a public opinion. Creating public opinion 
and dealing with it is one of the primary studies of 
church workers, settlement workers, schoolmen and 
public men at large. 

In every community there are some Joshuas who 
endeavor to lead the people aright. There are those 
who watch carefully the moral tone of their communi- 
ties and the effect of environment on their people. 
They are wide awake, posted on public affairs, and can 
discuss these things intelligently with their friends and 
neighbors. So with them they talk over the moral 
problems of the community.. Here begins the wave of 
public opinion which has developed from these dis- 
cussions. They make use of the newspapers, and the 
issues are discussed in the pulpit, on the platform and 
on the street. The questions are thoroughly thrashed 
out. Finally there has come into evidence an irresist- 
ible force, — the public conscience. 

Our opinion of anything, be it a law, an entertain- 
ment, a sermon, or whatever may be suggested, is af- 
fected by what we hear others say about it. In con- 
versation there is an exchange of ideas and opinions, 
and both parties have had their knowledge modified. 
It is said that " we are a part of all that we have 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

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met." This, then, is thenway in which public senti- 
ment is formed. Public stentiment is but the expres- 
sion of the public conscience. 

To what extent doe: 
any community ? In ansu 
striking personal observa 
there .was a town of th 
" dry." The town, as usu 
by a good majority. It 
to see that public opini< 
selling. The law was dc 
ficials who attempted to 

he public conscience affect 
er to this I will give several 
tions. A county in which 
irty thousand people voted 
ally is the case, went ".wet " 
equired no close observation 
the town favored liquor 
liberately disobeyed, and of- 
the dry statute 

silenced. They could rjot resist the tide of public 
opinion. I doubt scrioiasly whether the dry statute 
could have been enforced) at that time and under those 

rather, village of about two 
syfetem was needed. But the 
nd disagreed. People began 
earnest, and finally public 
ong in favor of the improve- 
evident, the council quickly 
system and disposal plant was 

In another town, 
thousand, — a sewei 
council made excuses ; 
discussing the question 
opinion became very st 
ment. When this was 
agreed, and a fine sewei 

These are but examples of multiplied thousands of 
the power of public on>inion. Let public opinion be- 
come strong and something soon will happen. Let the 
public conscience be prftcked by some moral wrong and 
the response is quick and decided. Lynching is a type 
of this response, — noti to be encouraged, of course. 
So it is important that! social reformers and Christian 
workers become acquainted with the public conscience 
in their community, ajnd that they know how to use 
their influence rightly to shape and direct this power. 

Since there is a public conscience in every com- 
munity, and public opinion is being constantly formed, 
the question arises, Qan we use it, — how and when ? 
Ohio some day will vote dry, because the anti-saloon 
forces will not let th<\ matter rest. They keep agitat- 
ing the question, talking about it, and thereby keep 
the public aroused concerning the reform. Through 
their official paper and the various dailies, go broad- 
cast over the State persuasive arguments, facts and in- 
formation that add fuel to the flame of public senti- 
ment. It is only a matter of time until public sen- 
timent will be enlarged and strong enough to free the 
State of saloons. Judging from the progress that has 
been made, that timb is not far off. The. credit must 
be given to those wljio knew how to arouse and direct 
public sentiment. j 

Are you trying to do some aggressive church work 
in your community ? Then watch public opinion and 
use your influence fo form and direct it rightly, for 
here the small beginnings of things arise. This ap- 
plies to any public /work. It does not mean to cater 
to public taste, nor pow to public demands, but rather 
to understand human nature and to keep your hand 
on the public pulsei 

If these things Ibe true, let thinking people study 
their surroundings and talk about them. Discuss 
community proble ns, church problems and common 
interests. Who k lows but that the least of us may 
drop a word here ind there that will be like sparks to 
start the great fin of public opinion! 

1605 Hunter A >enue, Columbus, Ohio. 

My Es 

>erience As an Agent. 


For a numbed of years it has been my pie 

ntroduce our pi) Ihli cations, not only into the homes of 
our members, bit into the homes of nonmembers as 
well, and I beli^le I have been fairly successful. 

Like all othejl things that are worth while in this 
world, it is no| accomplished without some labor. 
Indeed, it requires a great amount of push and tact- 
fulness, as anyvuccessful agent will assure you. 

I always begiij my campaign by first visiting all our 
own people, urging them to show their loyalty to the 
church by not qily fully supporting our various pub- 
lications, but bj reading and assimilating their con- 

This accomp'shed, I then visit the homes of my 
friends and mfyhbors, ' ing with me copies of the 
ull, a\ 

papers and premiums. All agents know by experience 
how much persistent talking it takes to interest and 
impress some who are disinclined to subscribe, while 
others readily yield to a fair solu ition. 

The psychological moment witt. * most people is 
generally reached when I explain that it is the plan 
m our Mission Board to do some mission work by 
means of our church paper. I tell them that all non- 
members are entitled not only to the paper but the 
premium as well, at a price far below the actual value, 
— a privilege not extended to our members. As hu- 
man nature, the world over, loves a bargain, usually 
those solicited give me their subscriptions quite cheer- 

When Urn. D. L. Miller's book, "The Other Half 
of the Globe," was given as a premium, I secured for- 
ty-five -subscriptions. Of course, having attended 
Bro. Miller's excellent stereopticon lectures on his 
foreign travels, it was not difficult for me to become 
enthusiastic about the subject. As my friends looked 
over the book, they were amply impressed with the 
idea of getting so much for a small expenditure. 

Jt was the same way when Bro. J. H. Moore's 
book, " Saturday Night." was offered as a premium. 
That year I secured forty-one subscribers. Some- 
times, on Saturday nights, I became so interested in 
my sales that I would almost forget to go home be- 
fore " Old Father Time " had rung in a new Sunday. 

I usually visit my patrons in the evening, for ex- 
perience has taught me that this time is the most ap- 
propriate. Husband and wife both being at home at 
that time, they can consult together, whereas, if I 
were to call when either the one or the other is absent, 
the response would be, " I'll wait until I see my wife," 
or " I'll talk it over with my husband." 

Frequently I have visited such homes as many 
as three times, in quest of a subscription. Sometimes 
I visit the factories at noon, and present my publica- 
tions to the men, as they sit about, eating the^noon- 
day luncheon. A tactful agent always chooses the 
most propitious moment in which to approach his 
patrons. It takes a great deal of thought, time and 
energy to push your papers, hut the end to be gained 
compensates for all the trouble taken in the effort. 

Some of our members might accomplish untold 
good by sending these " messengers of light " into 
sin-darkened homes. Last year the Naperville con- 
gregation aided me in sending sixty copies of the 
Messenger to the Joliet Prison each week. The chap- 
lain wrote me that the papers are well liked, and that 
a continuation of the subscriptions would be 
appreciated. If there is any brother or sister among 
us who wishes to do a good deed in this sin-stricken 
world, let him send the Messenger into some dark 
corner, where it will be a weekly reminder, — powerful 
though silent— of the great cause for which it stands. 

Let us endeavor to have more live-wire agents 
among us, and triple the circulation of our church 
organ, the Gospel Messenger. " Attempt the end, 
and never stand to doubt." 

Batovla, ///. 

ds and nejJTh 


Thoughts for the New Year. 


At this time, the beginning of another new year, it 
is well for us to do some serious thinking. 

When we have finished reading or studying a book, 
we have gained new light, knowledge and inspiration, 
if we have done our work carefully. It will do us 
but little good to glance through a good book care- 
lessly and listlessly. 

It is, therefore, a good time now, — if we have not 
already done so, — to review the past year and see 
what we have gained, missed or lost. The' past year, 
at its beginning, was as an open book before us, with 
days and hours as clean, white pages, upon which we 
have written our life's record. Upon many of those 
pages many beautiful stories, deeds, and actions have 
been Written. Upon other pages are blots and marks, 
which tell of mistakes, failures and lost opportunities. 
What has been done, can not be changed, and while it 
is good to be reminded of the past, in order to improve 
by it. it is not good to live in the past, but in the pres- 

ent. Hopefully let us work on, desiring to live bette , ut 
in the future. 

One of Paul's good mottoes well applies to us of 
today, "This one thing I do, forgetting the things 
which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things 
which are before, I press toward the mark." 

There was room higher up for Paul, and there is 
for us. The failures and defeats, for some of us, may 
have been very great. We have almost been over- 
come, and may have felt like giving up, but we must 
not fail to do the best. We can not afford to quit. 
What if Peter and Paul had given up when they 
failed, and were tired or discouraged? Do we not 
feel happy that they did not give up in time of failure? 
Their lives are recorded for our encouragement. 

What the present year has in store for each of'us. 
God knows. To some it will bring sorrow, to others 
success, to others defeat. To some it may bring afflic- 
tion or persecution or some severe test or trial of fire. 
How may we best meet the hard experiences of life? 
It is by watching and praying. In response to our 
prayers God will help us to bear whatever the future 
has in store for us, for it is he who " is able to do 
exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think." 
Victories can only thus be won. After the struggle 
there will be overwhelming joy, because of having 
confidingly trusted, rested and believed in the One 
who can bear us safely through, every time. 

Some new task will be given us to do. Will we 
shrink from it and say, " I can not or will not " ? Re- 
fusal to do what we know we ought to do means with- 
held blessings from God. The post of duty is the 
place of blessing. 

How can we make 1915 better than any previous 
year in our life? Those who are not Christians have 
special need of improvement. They may feel satisfied, 
and seem to be doing well in the various places they 
occupy, but they do not come up to the standard they 
might reach. There are higher places for them to 
occupy; there is more for them to do. They should 
remember that they can not make life a glorious suc- 
cess without a, surrender to the One who died for all 

What is our purpose? Will we allow another year 
to pass by without giving Christ an entrance into our 
life? The new year may not all be ours. How long 
will we continue to live it in our own strength and 

To God's children the year 1915 ought to be the 
best of any yet lived, because of the experiences and 
blessings of the past and the promises for the future. 
For to us " the prospects are as bright as the promises 
of God." What is so comforting and hopeful to us as 
God's promises? Ever)' day brings an opportunity to 
do good. Never let a day pass without having done 
some kind and helpful deed. 

" Count that day lost whose low descending- sun 
Views from thy hand no worthy action done." 

The days will bring with them their cares and per- 
plexities, which try, test and tempt us. Will we meet 
them in the spirit of the Master, or will we allow our- 
selves to be controlled by the evil one? 

Will we begin each day God gives us with a prayer 
to him for guidance, or will we begin it with a careless 
tread and ways of our own? 

Some of the most precious and golden opportunities 
will be ours, such as visiting the sick, remembering the 
poor, entertaining strangers, praying for good causes, 
and so on. * There are tasks which may seem too small 
to think about, but the Father is kind enough to 
notice them all, and remember them. 

There are so many avenues through which we can 
all work, such as the Sunday-school. Christian Work- 
ers' Meeting, the Aid Society. Missionary Meeting, 
etc. In our daily lives many, many times, and in 
multiplied ways, we may he true witnesses for Jesus. 
Let us make 1915 a successful year! We can do it if. 
whatever we undertake, is done heartily as unto tin- 
Lord. Let us resolve to live better, holier lives, ami 
to serve others more. Then, when Christ comes for 
us. rich will he our reward, and we shall have a happy 
entrance into his heavenly kingdom. 

Union, Ohio. 




THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

Christ's Ministry. 

"Thou shall call his name Jesus: tor lie shall save his 
people from their sins" (Matt. 1: 21). 

The work of Christ on earth, dating from his bap- 
tism to his resurrection, is in process of fulfillment, 
as expressed by the angel in the above scripture. 
Primarily, " his people " were the nation of the Jews, 
and God sent him to bless them, in turning away every 
one of them from his iniquities (John 1: 11; Acts 3: 
22-26; Rom. 1 : 16). Abraham was the progenitor of 
the Jewish people, and one of his descendants, a 
prophet of God " under the law," spoke prophetically 
of Christ thus, " Unto us [Jews] a child is born; unto 
us [Jews] a son is given." 

Later, Paul the apostle " under grace " said, 
" When the fulness of the time was come, God sent 
forth his Son ... to redeem them [Jews] that 
were under the law, that we [Jews] might receive the 
adoption of sons." Indeed, it seems that the teach- 
ing of Jesus and the prophets, as shown in Deut. 18: 
15, Isa." 53: 4-6, Matt. 10: 6, 15: 24, 26, and John 4: 
22, was so understood by the Jews that even Jewish 
Christians were led to believe that the blessings of the 
Gospel were limited exclusively to their nation (Acts 
10: 45). Even Peter the apostle, who had lately been 
filled with the Holy Spirit, seemed astonished when he 
saw " that on the Gentiles also was poured out the 
gift of the Holy Spirit," and he said, "What was I, 
that I could withstand God" (Acts 11: 17)? Peter 
at once got a new vision of the extent of Jesus' saving 
power; as, perhaps, he had never had before (Acts 
10: 47, 48), and the Jerusalem church "glorified 
God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles grant- 
ed repentance unto life." ' Compare Acts 11 : 2-4 with 
verse 18. 

And so, dear reader, this circumstance of the Holy 
Spirit witnessing to Gentile acceptance, in the con- 
version of Cornelius and other Gentiles, leads us to 
the additional truth of the angel, that Christ, the Lord, 
was born a Savior to all people (Luke 2: 10, 11), 
' hence the Great Commission to the apostles, to teach 
all nations (Matt. 28: 19, 20). 

God, in the beginning, revealed a world-truth to 
Abraham when he said, " In thy seed shall all the na- 
tions of the earth be blessed," and Christ, " born un- 
der the law," and having fulfilled the law, " is the end 
of the law for righteousness to every one that be- 
lieveth" (Gal. 4: 4; Matt. 5: 17; Rom. 10: 4). All 
have sinned, and all were dead, and he died for all 
(Rom. 3: 23; 2 Cor. 5: 14, 15). He is, indeed, the 
Christ, the Savior of the world (John 4: 42), and 
whether we are Jews by nature, or sinners of the 
Gentiles, we are all the children of God by faith in 
Christ Jesus" (Gal. 3: 26). 

1020 Falls Road, Baltimore, Md. 

An Open Bible and Open Dispensations. 


As I write, there lies before me an open, unshackled 
Bible, replete with God's various testings in the several 
dispensations. This open Bible is a Guide to lead us 
into truths concerning those dispensations, or periods 
of time, in which God worked out some specific reve- 
lation, of his will. The revelations came in a series 
of progressive lessons, adapted to the needs of man- 

1. The first dispensation is known as Innocency. 
Only two persons were involved, — Adam and Eve. 
" God created man in his own image, in the image of 
God created he him; male and female created he 
them." So Adam was first created. Next Adam was 
conditioned (Gen. 2: 16, 17). After this he was 
crowned, — made lord of all creation (Gen. 2: 20). 
Next Adam was completed,— given a companion,— an 
lsha. And lastly Adam was cleaved,— made able to 
cling to his wife, being " one flesh." 

This lsha, or woman, became a "type, in her in- 
nocency, of the church, as bride of Christ" (John 3: 
28, 29; 2 Cor. 11: 2; Eph. 5: 25-32; Rev. 19: 7, 8). 
Please remember that "a type is a picture of some 
truth, divinely set before the human mind, to educate 

man in God's way." Usually, types in the Old Testa- 
ment are filled up in the New Testament. 

The open Bible not only records how man came into 
existence, how he was conditioned, crowned, com- 
pleted and cleaved, but it notes how he spoiled the 
age, or dispensation, given him by Jehovah. Adam 
and Eve were subject to simple tests, after receiving 
the Edenic Covenant (Gen. 2: 28) : (1) To replenish 
the earth. (2) To subdue the earth. (3) To domi- 
nate over all animal creation. (4) To live on herbs 
and fruits. (5) To cultivate their garden. (6) To 
abstain from the use of '.' the fruit of the knowledge 
of good and evil." (7) Not to come under the penal- 
ty of death. Around life and salvation all other scrip- 
tures assume their functions. 

The Record then notes how both Adam and Eve 
spoiled the age of innocency. " And Adam was not 
deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the 
transgression" (1 Tim. 2: 14). "And when the 
woman saw, . . . she took of the fruit thereof, 
and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; 
and he did eat" (Gen. 3: 6). Here is the simple 
record of their spoiling the age, — overthrew Gen. 2: 
17. All human philosophy can not overthrow this 
simple truth of the Mighty Record of how evil laid 
hold of mankind. All divine and all human history 
records the awfulness of spoiling this age or dispensa- 
tion of innocency which ended in the judgment of ex- 
pulsion from the garden of innocency. 

This expulsion led to the beginning of the second 
dispensation,— that of conscience. It opened with the 
Adamic Covenant in its sevenfold character: 

1. The tool or agent of Satan is a picture of the 
effects of transgression. Christ, " made sin for us," 
or Jesus taking on the burdens of judgment, which 
was further typified in the brazen serpent to national 
Israel (Num. 21: 5-9; John 3: 14, 15). Typically, 
brass stands for judgment in the Scriptures. The 
brazen altar is a type of God's judgment, and the 
laver of self-judgment. 

2. Gen. 3: 15 is the first promise of a God-man Re- 
deemer. At this point begins " the highway of the 
true Seed," — Abel (vanity, vapor) ; Seth (set, ap- 
pointed) ; Noah (comfort) ; Shem (name) ; Abraham 
(father of many) ; Isaac (laughter) ; Jacob (the sup- 
planter) ; Judah (praise) ; Immanuel, — Christ (God 
wjth us; Anointed). 

3. "lsha," or woman, newly conditioned. Multi- 
plied conception. Motherhood linked with sorrow. 
Under man, her lord. Sin was admitted by the lsha, 
hence the necessity of headship, — man ( 1 Tim. 2:11; 
Eph. 5 : 22-25 ; 1 Cor. 11 : 7-9). The woman's cover- 
ing during preaching and prayer takes first root in 
Gen. 3: 16, "and he shall rule over thee." Is the 
clamor and determination of lsha, to participate in . 
the vote of Gentile empire rule, a direct thrust at 
Gen. 3: 17? Consider, dear reader! The right of 
lsha, — new lsha in Christ, — to participate in minis- 
trations, is perfected in 1 Cor. 11 : 2-16. How about 
questions of judgment? 

4. Earth cursed for man's sake. It is far better for 
man to toil and struggle with an averse earth than to 
live without labor. The results of this course satis- 
fies desire for gain or increase, and brings the sense 
of reward prominently to man's mind. He also does 
things, as well as God. 

5. The sure accompaniment of sorrow, as portrayed 
in Gen. 3 : 17. " Sorrow " is the channel of soothing. 
Sorrow checks the onward impulse of sin in all its 
afflictions. Afflictions are the ever-present thorns to 
remind of sin's most pernicious wounds. It was fit 
that Providence should put sorrows in the pathway of 
man. , 

6. The burdensomeness of toil to follow man (Gen. 
2: 18, 19). Opposition placed in all channels of labor. 
Rejecting easiness of toil ; naught but hardships took 
the place of garden easiness. 

7. Physical death was the last to be imposed under 
the age of innocency, and others that would surely 
follow (Rom. 5: 12-21; Eph. 2: 5). Without this, 
where could Jehovah predestinate adoption of chil- 
dren? How could he place " new creatures " in Christ 
Jesus as sons, if there were no losses at the point of 

beginning? Physical death jbelongs to spiritual death. 
Out of both Christ lifts hits own. 

There is next involved LChrist's first advent and 
purchase of mankind, the 1 md and the sea, the king- 

dom, the second advent, i 
dom on earth, " day of the 
Tropica, Cal. 

operation of the king- 

A Street Meeting. 


The following is a brief 'description of one of the 
open air services which we have held during the past 
summer and fall in Chicago. .During the real cold 
weather the crowds are not Iso large, yet many come 
and go during the meeting, i 

The consecration service \\ at the church, on Hast- 
ings Street, from 6 to 6 : 30 P. M., Sunday. At this 
time we endeavor to put ourselves into the Lord's 
care and keeping for the work which follows. During 
the week we go on the streetl one hour later. 

At 6 : 30 the little company ts stationed on the street 
along the curb, a store box tor a pulpit, the moon, 
stars, and an electric bulb for light, and the sky above 
for a covering. The street behind and the sidewalk in 
front are the auditorium. Room for all ! 

The workers stand in a semicircle around the pul- 
pit, facing the sidewalk. At first we see a few people 
loitering around, waiting for the time of meeting. 
Two or three hymns will be suAg. During the singing, 
people come from all directions. One of the workers 
gives a short message concerning the sacrifice, as seen 
in the death of Christ for the si^s of the world. Each 
speaker takes from three to ten minutes. Another 
familiar hymn is then sung. Many of the audience 
join heartily in the singing. At this early stage of 
the meeting there will be about one hundred people. 
Another personal testimony is given by one of the sis- 
ters. She tells of how the Lord may be real in a life. 
After singing again, one of ?ne number tells why 
Christians are on the streets with the Gospel. A solo, 
duet, or some special selection is next given. 

A brother then tells the people, — many of whom 
are tobacco users, — how he had been addicted to the 
habit, having used in all about 2,000 lbs.; how, for 
twenty-five years, he would get out of bed, to make 
use of his tobacco during the night; and that many 
times, during the day, he would have a piece in either 
side of his mouth and a cigar in the middle. He tells 
how, after forty years of this : way of living, the 
Lord delivered him, taking away the appetite for the 
" stuff." 

After singing, a sister tells how she used to be a 
regular attendant at theatres, and how, one night, over 
a year ago, on her way to a show, she stopped at one 
of these meetings on the corner, and followed the 
crowd into the church where she, after counting the 
cost, gave her life to God, who took away her desire 
for sin. Her appeals to the girls in the crowd are very 
strong. i ! 

The crowd has reached two hundred by this time,—' 
children, young people and men and women. An- 
other brother, who recently came into the church, 
tells how he drank, used , tobaccq and read novels, 
and how glad he is that the Brethren came into his 
home, — which he was making miserable for his wife 
and children,— and told him about the "Better Way." 
He seems full of joy, and eager tclhelp others. 

At times the sidewalk is crowded) to the wall from 
the curb, and the workers are sum unded by people 
Short testimonies are given, and t 
miliar hymns is engaged in. 

As a rule, the order is splendid 
intense. There is an expression ( 

singing of fa- 

id the interest 
concern on tl 

faces of many. Some faces speak jif ; 

npty life ; 

others show disappointment. Whofe families some- 
times come to the services, — motheil father and chil- 
dren. Sometimes the small childreS are in carriages 
or in the arms of the parents. ,1 

Before going into the church, scrifure passages are 
given. There is a real hunger for^t. portion of the 
Bible on the part of the people. v\j are prepared to 
give them in any language. When ,tf|e stock on hand 
is all given away, many lw'^ to go ttvay unsupplied. 

We are following the J les of Jhe prophets, the 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

apostles, and our Lord, in this open air work. Many 
are reached who can be reached in no other way. It 
affords splendid expressional work and opportunity 
for the saints. 

In giving this brief account, we are hoping that 
many of our people, who live in towns and cities, will 
be constrained to consider the propriety of making 
use of the opportunity at their door. 

3435 V Qn Buren Street, Chicago. 

Travel Notes in the Orient. 

BY W. 0. fiECKNER. 
A Sunday in Liao Hsien, China. 
It seemed like Sunday, this morning, when we first 
arose. The sun came up bright, and frost lay on the 
grass in the yard. The " feel " of the morning was 
more like a real Sunday, a Lord's Day, than any I 
have experienced for a long time, and a blessed day 
it proved to be. 

At ten o'clock I went with Bro. Bright up to the 
Boys' School to Sunday-school. It is in charge of 
three Chinese brethren. They had the thirty-five boys 
of the school divided into three classes and were teach- 
ing them the lessons of the day. Two classes were 
occupying the regular classroom of the Boys' School, 
and the other one, — a class of fourteen little " shav- 
ers," — were on a kang in their own quarters, squat- 
ting by their low tables. The teachers were all using 
the question and answer method in opening to them 
the Truth. One of the classes had a lesson on the 
love of the Heavenly Father, and the picture illustra- 
tion accompanying it was of two parent birds feeding 
their young in the nest. When Chinese boys read, 
they use a sort of sing-song tone that we would think 
meaningless in English. The school was closed with 

At eleven o'clock the sen-ice in the chapel was 
opened. It was in charge of the native brother who 
was directing the Sunday-school service for the boys, 
Bro. Chang. He read the fourteenth chapter of Mark 
and preached on the suffering of Jesus for the sins 
of the world. He was given close attention by all 
present. What is more, I didn't see any one asleep. 
Every available seat in the room was occupied. God 
is moving on the hearts of the people of the communi- 
ty and they want to hear more about this religion of 

The women of liae congregation are separated from 
the men by a curtain. This is a custom in China that 
must be followed in many places. In China, woman 
occupies an entirely different sphere from what she 
does in the homeland, and there are those who will 
come to hear the Word preached, unuer this arrange- 
ment, who would feel timid and out of place other- 
wise. The curtain is stretched across,— just at the 
preacher's side, — and is low enough that those on 
both sides may easily see him as he speaks, though 
they can not see each other. 

The missionary colony took dinner together in the 
home of Brother and Sister Bright. Sisters Cripe and 
Hutchison have their home in the south part of town, 
with the Girls' School adjoining. The home of Dr. 
and Sister Brubaker is just back of the chapel,— all 
near to Bro. Bright's home. 

At four in the afternoon the women gathered for a 
meeting in the Girls' School. Sister Horning, who, 
with us, is visiting in Liao Hsien at this time, gave a 
lesson on Jonah. My wife tells me that the lesson was 
listened to with marked interest. At the same hour 
the boys and men met again in the chapel for Bible 
Study. It was conducted again by Bro. Chang, who 
did the preaching in the forenoon. The readings out- 
lined by the International Bible Reading Association 
were used in this service. The different scriptures 
were read, sometimes by the leader and sometimes by 
one in the audience, and then comments were made by 
the leader. 

The Chinese people seem to be rather " long " on 
accepting the words of one who is a teacher. The 
teacher is supposed to be a man of superior learning 
and wisdom, and his word is authority in more ways 
than one. It might be added that some teachers ap- 
preciate this to the full, and lose nc opportunity to ex- 

press their views freely. But then Paul told some one 
to be always ready, — " instant in season and out of 
season." The teacher representing the cause of God's 
great love should certainly be on the alert wisely to 
use every opportunity that comes to him, to tell of his 
Master's business. There were thirty-six Chinese in 
attendance in the meeting. Some of these were young 
men from the Government school. It is one of the 
evidences of the splendid success of the work in Chi- 
na that the student class, all over the land, is inquir- 
ing after this teaching. 

Thus the services of the day closed. Evening serv- 
ices in China have not proved a success. For some 
reason, the Chinese people do not like to attend serv- 
ices that begin late in the evening. They will go to a 
service that begins before dark and will remain, to go 
home after dark, but if they must leave home late in 
the evening, they are loath to do it. Workers have 
not been slow to see the point, and have therefore 
established the practice of holding services during 
daylight hours only. 

What of it all ? What is to be the outcome? The 
work, here in Liao Hsien, has been established but a 
short term of years, — only about three, — and already 
men have learned about this religion of love, so that,— 
as they tell us, — they have no peace until they are ad- 
mitted into the fold. Bro. Bright tells me of a man, — 
a teacher with wide learning and influence as such 
go here, — who has been an ardent worshiper at Con- 
fucian shrines, but who has learned of this religion 
of love, and says he must follow the Light. He is to 
be baptized within a few days. The religion taught 
and practiced by Jesus is a religion of love. That is 
its distinctive characteristic. Confucianism says, 
" Fear and worship the ancestors." There is no note 
of love in it. To the religion of Christ, and to that 
alone and entirely, must we turn for the doctrine of 
love. Paul grasped the whole situation, and called it 
a gospel of grace,— salvation through fellowship with 
God, — because his grace makes it possible. He even 
went so far as to speak of this doctrine as his Gospel. 
God is love and his Word will win souls for him 
everywhere and always, when it is truly exemplified 
in the lives of those representing him. Judaism be- 
came too much a religion of forms and ceremonies. 
Jesus went clear on and beyond those forms and led 
us into a realm of universal love. God is love and 
there is none greater. The forms which we follow in 
the church must not be the end and purpose of our 
Christian life, but must be only the means of helping 
us to. understand and appreciate the purpose back of 
them— love. Obedience to them, on our part, which 
does not represent an act of love, or an expression of 
love, is no more acceptable, in the sight of God, than 
the bowing before a Confucian tablet by a Chinese 
schoolboy. God pity the person who does either 
He longs to have us come into the larger life, where 
we shall understand his purposes and plans, and shall, 
indeed, be workers together with him. 

May the day hasten when in Liao Hsien, and in all 
the villages and towns round about, all men shall know 
of God,— the God who is Love 1 May the day soon 
dawn when they shall actually know him as a Living 
Influence and Personality in their individual lives. A 
great beginning has been made ! 

Eld. Samuel H. Haldeman. 


The subject of this sketch was born Oct. 25, 1820, 
in Montgomery County, Pa. He died July 29, 1914, 
at Reedley, Cal., at the advanced age of ninety-three 
years, nine months and four days. Up to the time of 
his death he was possibly the oldest living minister in 
our Brotherhood. This aged servant of God retained 
his mental and bodily vigor till within a few days of 
his death. For the last two Sundays on earth, his 
physical strength failed him, so that he was not in 
his usual place in the sanctuary. 

Our brother's early life was devoutly religious. His 
parents were pious people of the Mennonite faith. At 
the age of fifteen or sixteen, he embraced the same 
faith. At that time this was an unusual step to take, 
for one so young, but his convictions were so urgent, 

that in a matter of such moment he would not be put 
off. Bro. Haldeman was also a Bible student. Com- 
ing in touch with the Brethren he was baptized at the 
age of twenty. On the same day Harriet Horning 
applied for baptism. Both were received into the 
church, neither, however, knowing of the other's in- 
tentions beforehand. A short time later the two 
united their interests in life, walking together as hus- 
band and wife for nearly seventy-two years. 

In 1S47 Bro. Haldeman was called to the ministry, 
and a few years later advanced to the second degree. 
In 1869 or 70 he was ordained. In 1863 they came 
west, locating in Whiteside County, Illinois, in what 
was then Milledgeville or Dutchtown congregation. 
Later the Rock Creek church was organized, in which 
congregation Bro. Haldeman, with other colaborers, 
such as Brethren David Rittenhouse, William Horn- 
ing, Jacob and Joseph Myers, served the church in 
his official capacity. Later he removed to the West 
Branch congregation ; then to Polo, in the Pine Creek 

In October, 1887, he came to Morrill, Kans. About 
this time a partial failure in his voice hindered his 
preaching. His sight also became impaired, hut a 
surgical operation restored his sight sufficiently, so 
that he was able to continue reading up to the time 
of his death. He spent much time in Bible Study, 
reading the Messenger, Josephus, and other religious 
literature. His place in the sanctuary was seldom 
vacant, — he and his aged companion having special 
chairs provided for them. In our brother's life two 
things were prominent, — his desire to be right with 
God, and also with his fellow-men. While reverses 
came to him, late in life, he labored faithfully till 
every financial obligation was discharged. 

Bro. Haldeman not only gave his life to God in his 
early years, but lived in close and abiding fellowship 
to the end. He often spoke of the work of our mis- \ 
sionaries, and had the opportunity come to him, in 1 
early life, he would possibly have been one of them. | 
His life was one that brought forth fruit in old age. 
His interest in the young was unceasing, and his life 
a benediction to all. His aged companion survives, 
awaiting the call to the other shore. 
Reedley, Cal. 


We enjoyed a recent visit from Brother and Sister J. B. 
Brumbaugh, of Huntingdon, Pa. Sister Brumbaugh spoke 
to the Sunday-school in her usual interesting and helpful 
manner. Bro. Brumbaugh followed in the morning serv- 
ice with a very instructive and spiritual sermon, which 
was encouraging to all earnest and sincere seekers after 
the Truth. 

Our semiannual communion service was largely at- 
tended, the last Sunday evening in October. The solemn- 
ity and imprcssiveness of the service was quite manifest.. 

The semiannual "Community Night" was held onjth. 
evening of Nov. 19. This feature of our church progjram 
for the year establishes friendly relationship between 
the membership of the church and its friends. An inter- 
esting program of readings, music, and short addresses 
was followed by light refreshments, served by the sisters 
of the congregation. 

The last Sunday evening in November was devoted to 
the triannual Social Service Meeting, conducted and ad- 
dressed by the Social Service Secretary, Bro. C. C. John- 
son. Through Bro. Johnson's connection with the Pitts- 
burgh Christian Social Service Union, our congregation is 
well recognized for its advanced position as a religious 
agency for the good of the community. 

The first Sunday evening in December was given over 
to the Junior Workers, who, under the leadership of Bro. 
Dana Eckert, rendered a splendid Lincoln-Lee Temper- 
ance program. 

Our new church and Sunday-school officers for the com- 
ing year were elected at our December business meeting. 
It is interesting to note that the names of a number of 
members, new to the Pittsburgh congregation appear in 
• the list of our officers elect. Thes< 
city from widely-scattered point: 


This congregation evidently helieves that loyalty to the 
church is secured by a liberal distribution of responsibil- 
ity among the membership. 

Pastor Coffman is giving splendid constructive and well- 
organized sermons, Sunday after Sunday, to his growing 
congregation. He is also ready to begin a new line of 
work in Constructive Bible Study on Wednesday even- 
Since our last communication three have been bap- 
tized and four received by letter. Lena Mohler Johnson. . 
760 Montclair Street, Dec. IS. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 


Mission Work in Middle Pennsylvania. 


The readers of the Messenger have doubtless no- 
ticed an account of the dedication of a house of wor- 
ship in Hollidaysburg, Pa., the county town of Blair 
County. The house, all told, cost a little over $5,000, 
and on the day of dedication there was a debt of a 
little over $1,500. At the close of the day this was 
reduced to a little over $500. A large part of the 
money was paid cash, and the remainder is as good as 
cash. At the evening service fourteen confessed 
Christ. Monday and Tuesday evenings following, 
seven more came, making twenty-one additions to the 
little band at that place. If the services could have 
been continued, it was thought there might have been 
a lar/cr ingathering. The interest jvas good. The 
weather was exceedingly inclement, and yet the serv- 
ices were largely attended. 

Docs it pay to start missions and build churches? 
Who will say, " No " ? Those who contributed to the 
work there can feel assured that they have given 
money that will bring to them rich results. The faith- 
ful workers in Hollidaysburg are now equipped for 
work, and if they as earnestly work for souls as they 
have been in building the house of worship, we feel 
sure that great results will follow. We are confident 
that they will, for nothing else than soul hunger 
could have prompted the sacrifices that have been 
made in the work at that place. 

. We have another place where a house of worship 
is greatly needed, — at Stonerstown. Some years ago 
the little church there was purchased from the Luth- 
erans. They had abandoned it and it had become a 
shelter for a flock of sheep. Several brethren repaired 
it somewhat, and since then services have been held 
in it regularly. The Lord has blessed the work. There 
are about a hundred members, with a Sunday-school of 
a hundred and seventy-five or more. The room is so 
crowded that there is scarcely more than a bench be- 
tween classes, making it. impossible to do the best work. 
They are making preparations to build next spring, 
and we hope that the people in this District will rally 
t" the work as they did at Hollidaysburg. The mem- 
bership is made up largely of young people who can 
not contribute much money, but they are at work. At 
present Bro. John Harris, of Virginia, is preaching 
there. The weather has been very unfavorable. There 
are eight or nine applicants for baptism, and others 
are almost ready. The field is a promising one, and a 
resident pastor is greatly needed to care for the flock. 
-Help this work with your prayers and money. 
Huntingdon, Fa. 



Excuses can be traced back as far as sin. Might 
they not have the same author? They appear to be 
very closely associated with each other. How readily 
one, after having committed a wrong, seeks to justify 
himself by an excuse! People may be able to deceive 
i each other by excuses, and even deceive themselves 
\ by some unjustifiable excuse, but one can not deceive 
/ God. People can offer all kinds of excuses for absent- 
ing themselves from, or being late at, preaching serv- 
ices. Sunday-school, the midweek prayer meeting, and 
other a isemblies for the edifying of the saints. Many 
seek to find excuses for being at ease in Zion and not 
concerned about the salvation of sinners at home or 
abroad. They have very little to contribute to the 
mission cause, because they need so much for their 
own convenience and pleasure. But what will the 
Lord of the harvest say. in the day of all days, when 
the world shall be judged, to those who are hiding be- 
hind unjustifiable excuses? Will it be: " Depart from 
me, I never knew you " ? 

A few weeks ago one of our Sunday-school teach- 
ers asked a poorly-clad, puny little boy of seven years 
why he had not been in Sunday-school the previous 
tday. The boy said he had to wash the dishes and 
too late for Sunday-school. When asked if his 

mother could not have washed the dishes, he replied, 
" I have no mother. My mother is dead." Upon call- 
ing in the home it was found that the father, a shoe- 
maker, is endeavoring to keep his family of three 
motherless children together without a housekeeper, 
and the children are required to cooperate with' 
the father in the housework. Judge if the boy had a 
justifiable excuse to be absent that Sunday. He has 
been present in good time for the last three Sundays. 
Possibly he got up in time to do the morning chores, 
so as to be in time for Sunday-school. " Go thou and 
do likewise." 

Malmii, Sweden. 

-:—:—:—:— :—:—:— :— 


3 Petition. 

Brldgewater, Virginia, Dec. 
tble Woodrow Wilson. 
1 the United States of Amer: 

Decently Dressed. 


In No. 48 of the Messenger we noticed a very nice 
picture of nearly fifty college students and their pro- 
fessor. What gave special merit to this picture was 
that all we,re decently dressed with no exposure of 
bare necks and arms and no suggestive cut of dresses. 
If only all could realize that no true Christian can 
appreciate pictures of persons immodestly dressed, 
such pictures would disappear from religious period- 
icals. It is admitted that*pictures make stronger im- 
pressions than words, and will be appreciated or 
condemned according to their character. Much good 
may be accomplished by pictures of persons dressed 
according to the gospel standard, — in " modest appar- 

Fruita, Colo. 



College, do hereby .:__. . 

stressed peop'es nf ,iinl' all 

. ■v.-ry effort to avert war is a step 

In- President of the United States, 
!''"«; "YYil.vnri. f..r liis linn adher- 

nt of ail warlJkp demonstrations 

needed strength and guidance, so 
Lffairs nf this nation in accordance 
s of the Prince of Peace. 
praise God, the Ruler of the TJni- 

■ople ,,f these I'lMfd States are at 
irnid with all other nations, and 

t peaceable relations may he speed- 

" Why? " 


Just recently a woman, who came of one of our 
best known Brethren families, said : " I never can un-' 
derstand why my parents were content to live so far 
away from the Brethren church. It was so seldom 
that we ever could or did go to their church. Just 
half a mile from us there was a church of another 
denomination. Consequently I attended there and 
united with that church. But today, at heart, I am of 
the Church of the Brethren. I think of the good elders 
who anointed my mother, and who also preached the 
funeral sermon for both her and father, as being my 
own people. I said to my daughter just the other day, 
' Oh, if only father had sold his farm and gone into a 
Brethren settlement, we would all have been in that 
church today ! ' " 

What a wonderful and sad rebuke ! What a com- 
ment on an otherwise faithful life to the church I 
Doubtless there arc many parents today like Lot- 
unmindful of the future! After all, the welfare of 
children is of much more importance than a splendid 
location for stock-raising. Oftentimes we hear par- 
ents lamenting that their children are not inclined to 
unite with the Church of the Brethren, but it is pos- 
sible that we will find that the fault was at their own 
door. Possibly, when the children were small, father 
and mother said, " Over here is a fine opportunity to 
make good money, and we will do well by the chil- 
dren." And so the change was made. Father and 
mother could stand the change and isolation from their 
beloved church, for their belief in its doctrines and 
practices Was well grounded, but the children could 
not be expected to do the way their fathers did when 
surroundings and companions are so entirely different. 
W hen contemplating going out of a Brethren com- 
munity the question should be asked, " Will my family 
grow away from the church, and what kind of society 
will we find there?" 

One dear young sister, who will always be loyal to 
the church, said : " It is hard to be the only girl in 
town who wears a bonnet." Where there is one like 
her. there will be fifty others who have not the cour- 
age to stand by their convictions. 

There may be parents now who ought to heed the 
warning given by the woman who cried : " Why didn't 
father sell his farm and move into a Brethren com- 
munity?" How about it? Is present gain more de- 
sirable than the eternal welfare of your children? 

Bellefontaine, Ohio. 

Sunday-School Lesson for Jan. 10, 1915. 

Subject.— Deborah and Barak Deliver Israel.— Judge 
4: 4-23; 5: 1-22. 

Golden Text— The righteous cried, and Jehovah hear, 
and delivered them out of their troubles,— Psa. 34: 17. 

Time.— About B. C. 1370. 

Place.— Northern Palestine. 

Practical Thought.— The Lord's victory is most gloriou 
and complete. His victory in the conflict that is no\ 
going on will be complete and final. It is well to be o 
the Lord's side and to do what lie says. 


Medical Missions. 

Mark 2: 1-12. 
For Sunday Evening, January 10, 1915. 

I. Essay — Medical Workers as a Help in Winning Souls 
to Christ. 

II. Reading.— My First Patient. By O. G. Brubaker, in 
December Missionary Visitor, 1914. 

III. Address.— Jesus as a Physician. Song.— " The 
Great Physician." " 

IV. Reading.— Some Remedies of the Native Doctors. 

V. Talk.— Our Medical Missionaries and Their Needs. 

VI. Biography.— John Kenneth Mackenzie. See " Chris- 
tian Heroism in Heathen Lands," the mission study text- 
book, Church of the Brethren, for 1914-1915. 

VII. Song.—" Rescue the Perishing." Special prayer for 
medical mission work throughout the world. 


Our Glorious Leader. 

Heb. 12; 2; Study Heb. 11: 39 to 12: 6. 
For Week Beginning January 10, 1915. 
1. Believe Him. — Paul frankly says, "I know 




all he 

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eded. It 

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ed. The 



usts everything and everybody, 
then he will be saved from de- 
if he only turns to the Man of 
and trusts fully. Believe that 
;ht, and that whatever he said 

sibility of 




that all his great and pn 
promises were made with perfect foresight, and that he 
is ever able to fulfill them. Believe that in his hands are 
the destinies of this poor world which he came to save 
(Mark 11: 24; John 20: 30, 31; 1 Peter 1: 7, 8; John 1- 
12, 13; Heb, 10: 39). 

2. Watch Him.— The author of the Epistle to the He- 
brews would have us look upon the Captain of our salva- 
tion, who leads us in the great fight of faith, and who 
alone exhibits the life of faith in its perfect form. It 
suggests one who fights from the same level, and by 
his superior strength wins the victory for himself and 
others (2 Cor. 3: 18; John 13: 13-17; Philpp. 2: 5-8). 

3. Follow Him.— Oriental shepherds do not drive their 
sheep, for that is not their way of doing. The shepherd 
always leads his flock. Going before, he calls them after 
him, ever leading them into paths that he has trod, and 
dangers he has met, and sacrifices he has borne himself, 
calling them to follow after him, — depending upon them 
as his obedient coworkers. No disciple is a real disciple 
till he becomes a follower, going after the Shepherd, 
as one that follows upon the calling of his name and is 
drawn by love. Every follower of our Heavenly Guide 
must help to make a path that will tend to make the next 
Christian's " walk and conversation " easier and safer 
(Rom. 14: 9; Eph. 4: 1-3; 1 Thess. 5: IS; 1 Peter 2: 21-2S). 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 


The Bridge of Memory. 

A Retrospective View of the Year 1914. 

The old year is gone. The blithest and bravest of 
us linger a moment for a backward look, knowing that 
we must press on, whether we will or no. 

Looking back, the days seem like a strange, bewil- 
dered dream. In the tales of chivalry we have an ac- 
count of a knight, Sir Ghelent, who had been in many 
lands and was distinguished for his brave deeds 
Many dangers had he overcome, and all men honored 
him for his courage and daring; he knew not fear. 
Now, one day, as Sir Ghelent was riding along a toil- 
some road, his heart misgave him and was sore with- 
in him, for the terrors of the way. Rocks, dark and 
heavy, seemed to be piled up to the skies. Should they 
fall, he would be buried beneath them. Immense 
chasms yawned on either side, and darksome caves, 
wdiere dragons walked whose jaws dripped blood. 
Over all there hung a pall of thick darkness, in which 
cowered the phantom, Fear. 

Thinking of all this, Sir Ghelent decided that it 
would be wiser to seek another road, one not so dan- 
gerous. But when, in haste, he turned his horse around 
and looked behind him, he was overcome with won- 
der, for, lo, of all that awful road over which he had 
ridden with tense nerves and blanched face, there was 
naught for the eye to see. But at his horse's heels 
there yawned a mighty gulf,— so deep that no man 
could see to the bottom, so wide that no horse could 
spring across. And Sir Ghelent saw that of going 
back there was no possibility. The gulf was impass- 
able. The only thing to do was to set spurs to his horse 
and ride forward bravely and joyously. And he came 
to no harm. 

There is no returning on the road of life. Tonight 
we may idly weep, as we recall our transgressions, our 
slow repentance and the vain regrets. No single word 
can be unspoken, not one step can he retraced. Your 
tears avail nothing, neither your longings for what 
might have been ; you only waste heart and life in vain 


It was a poet ; 



old, who said : 

me then, and' now 

my fate. 

tell the furrowed brov 



[last, through gallic 
I cast my eyes, and 
that in my better 

"They left me here, they left me there, 
Went down dark pathways, one by one, 
The wise, the great, the young, the fair; 
But I went on." 

We think of Dickens' " Haunted Man," who prayed 
for forgetfulness. He was a learned man in chemis- 
try, a teacher on whose message a crowd of aspiring 
eyes hung daily. Had any one seen him, when his 
work was done, and when he meditated in his chair be- 
fore the rusted grate and red flame, moving his thin 
mouth as if in.speech, but silent as the dead, — the con- 
clusion would have been that the man seemed haunted. 
When travelers by land were bitter cold, and looked 
wearily on gloomy landscapes locked in winter's icy 
clasp, and lights in old bouses and in cottage windows 
were a welcome sight, then this man sat alone, — all 
but the shadows which stole from their retreats, in 
the likenesses of forms and faces from the past, from 
the deep, deep gulf, opening at his feet. The man sat 
gazing into the fire as it rose and fell, and shadows 
went and came, he took no heed of them with his 
bodily eyes, but let them come or let them go! It is 
certain that no gliding footstep touched the floor, that 
no figure had been beside him in his chair, yet it 
seemed as if something had passed darkly and gone. 

So, in his anguish, he asked that the bridge of 
Memory be broken down ; he could endure no more. 
But even so, when, in answer to his prayer, his mem- 
ory was taken away, be became a hardened creature 
and, groping blindly for relief, he asked that it be 
given back again. He learned by experience what we 

know to be a fact, that we need the softening memory 
of sorrow, wrong and trouble. We need the memory 
"I the wrong we have done others that we may be 
more careful now ; we need the memory of the wrong 
that has been done us, that we may forgive it. And 
so we ask you, on this last night of the old year, to 
recall some w-rong committed against you,— it may be 
one that made you bitter and hard and cruel. No mat- 
ter now,— just forgive it as you ask the dear Father 
of us all to forgive your sins. 

Tonight, as we look at our experiences, we long to 
take a place in the active ranks of life and serve, to 
the best of our ability, knowing that the hardships and 
suffering we have bad arc for our enrichment. With 
many of us, regret has grown into sore pain, until it 

™f- — -; 1 f $ — -f- 


r3fc Happiness is like a crystal, 

I I-air and exquisite and clear; 

Uroken in a million pieces, 

I Shattered, scattered, far and near. ; 

'T Now and then, along life's pathway, 

J Lo! some shining fragments fall, — 

| But there are so many pieces 

No one ever finds thorn all. 


You may find a hit of beauty, 

Or an honest share of wealth; 

1 While another just beside you 

"| Gathers honor, love or health. 1 


Vain to choose or grasp unduly; 

j Broken is the perfect ball; 

.J. And there are so many pieces 

7 No one ever finds them all. 

I Yet the wise, as on they journey, 

■ 7= Treasure every fragment clear; 
j Fit them, as they may, together, 

1 Imaging the shattered sphere. 

Learning ever to be thankful, 

Wr- Though their share of it be small; }i 

I I'or there arc so many pieces 

No one ever finds thern all, 



has burned into our hearts the lessons which we ought 
to learn from our follies and sins. 

he ha 

any an anguisr 
For your sorrowful heart to be 

And many a cruel thorn-crown 
F.or your tired head to wear; 

He knows how few would reach i 
If pain did not guide them the 

Covington, Ohio. 

A Frontier Settler of the West. 


Nearly four score years ago, March 25, 1838, Ma- 
tilda Cosner, the subject of this sketch, was born in 
Grant County, W. 
Va, There, among 
the rugged hills of 
the land of her na- 
tivity, she played 
and dreamed. Life, 
with its beauties 
and sorrows, was 
reflected in her 
early experiences 
as she was nur- 
tured, and as she 
advanced in wis- 
dom and stature, 
and in favor with 
God and men. 

Early in life she 
gave her heart to 
God, and has ever 

clung to his promises. Though her life was filled with 

sorrow, Jesus has been her best Friend. 

Her husband was a minister of the Church of the 

Brethren, and together they labor Nie " call of 

nd it took much toil to 

nd older children - 

the West " seemed to beckon to fairer lands. Bidding 
their friends farewell, and gathering up their few 
personal effects, they started, with their family of ten 
children, for the great plains of the Northwest. Their 
journey of nearly four thousand miles, across the 
continent, was an historic one. in that they were on 
the first train of the Northern Pacific R. R. across the 
Rocky Mountains. 

When they arrived at Spokane, Wash., there was 
but one mill, one store and a few houses, in what is 
now a great city of 110,000 people. There they came 
face to face with new conditions. Great, seemingly 
endless, plains of black soil, uncultivated, lay all about 
them. White faces were few, and there were no 
associations with those of like precious faith, so much 
loved. Indians roamed in threatening bands. There 
were occasional reports of massacring white settlers. 
General Custer, with his brave band of scouts, was 
endeavoring to bring peace between the settlers and 
Indians, only to give his life when finally surrounded 
by an overwhelming number of Indians. 

Amid such conditions the mother heart of our sis- 
ter, Matilda Cosner, yearned for the welfare and safe- 
ty of her ten children, all under eighteen years of age. 
With them money was scarce, 
care and feed the hungry ones 
One day, while the father a 
away at labor, the mother, v 

guarding the home, having for its shelter only a few 
boards nailed together. Suddenly, to their great 
agony, a large band of Indians came upon them, 
armed and savage. Her expression to me was, " Oh ! 
what could I do? The children were all holding to 
my dress and screaming. I looked up and put my 
trust in Jesus. Just then an old man stepped up and 
said, ' Don't be afraid ; I won't let them hurt you.' " 
The Indians were quieted and her trust in Jesus was 

Her faith has never grown cold. Her life 
has been one of many winters. Sorrows and 
trials have marked her countenance, but her ex- 
pression is one of joy and hope in her unbounding 
faith of " a house not made with hands, eternal in the 

Recently I was with the Clearwater church, near 
I.enore. Idaho, in a series of meetings. Sister Cosner 
lives six miles from the church, with two sons and a 
daughter, on a large ranch. She. with her children, 
was in regular attendance each night, making the 
twelve-mile drive over rough roads. 

From there I went to the Moscow church to hold a ■ 
series of meetings, closing with a love feast. To my 
joy, nearing the close of the meetings. Sister Cosner 
and her son came again to be with us in the services, 
though over fifty miles from their home. Such is 'the 
faith and joy of service of some. Well might many 
of us pray, " Lord, increase our faith and zeal." 
Twin Falls, Idaho. 


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Iowa. Illinois, 


Quinter church is a model congregation. Plain prin- 
ciples are expressed in a non-conformed-to-the-world 
way. The spiritual growth and exercise in the whole 
truth has made them a power before men and God. 
One sees no extra ribbons on sisters, but an appropriate 
covering on all. That most becoming sign; r "author- 
ity" has not been marred here by reducing the size un- 
duly, neither arc "hobble" and "split" skirts, and other 
follies in evidence. Looking over this congregation of 
about three hundred members, a very general uniformity 
in appearance gives zest and courage. It is uplifting to 
the preacher. World-alliances do not vex nor destroy 
the blessed influences and practices of this people. It 
is real transformation and real separation from unholy 
entanglements. I have heard of no one advocating the 
modern discovery that saints must learn methods of do- 
ing and living from disobedient people. Here they learn 
from Christ through obedient ministers. 
Dec. 17. 

M. M. Esh«.W 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

The Gospel Messenger 

Official Organ of the Church of the Brethren. 

A Religious Weekly 

Brethren Publishing House 

16 to 24 South Statb Street, Elgin, Illinois. 

Canada Subscription, Fifty Cents Extra. 


Editor, D. L. Miller. 

Office Editor. J. H. Mobrc. 

Assistant, L. A. Plate, 
Corresponding Editors. 

H. B. Brumbaugh Huntingdon. Ta. 

H. C. Earlv Pcnn Laird, Va. 

Grant Muh'an Omaja, Cuba. 

Business Manager, R. E. Arnold. 
Advisory Committee. 

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IcCann, G. W. Lentz, P. R. Keltner. 

tyAll buslne 
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hkutmkkn I'rm.isiiiNt, imiTsi;, elgin, ill., 

rfdunl connected with iL 

Entered at the Post Office atBliriii. Hi., as Second-class Matter. 

Bro. I. C. Snavely, of Flora, Ind., is engaged in 
Bible Institute in the Panther Creek church, Iowa. 

Five have been received into church fellowship in 
the Pine Creek church, Ind., since the last report from 
that congregation. 

Bro. Adam H. Miller 
West Philadelphia, Ohio,- 
church by baptism. 

n a recent revival at 
being added to the 

B;;o, Eli Heestand's meetings at Union, Ohio, 
'closed Dec. 13 with nine baptized, one restored, and 
others near the fold. 

Bro. D. R. McFadden's revival effort in the North 
Manchester church, Ind., closed with forty-nine con- 
fessions and two restored. 

During recent evangelistic services, held by Bro. 
Ira Gibble in the Maiden Creek church, Pa., five re- 
sponded to the Gospel invitation. 

Sunnyside church, Kans., has just closed a most 
refreshing series of meetings, Bro. J. S. Sherry doing 
the preaching. Eight accepted Christ. 

Bro. D. K. Clapper's recent evangelistic services 
1 the Brownsville church, Md., caused nine penitent 
mils to accept the terms of salvation. 

We regret to state that at this writing Bro. Jos. 
Amick, former Business Manager of the Publishing 
House, is very ill, and his recovery is very doubtful. 

Bro. S. P. Early, of Fostoria, Ohio, is in a position 
to hold a series of meetings in the latter part of Feb- 
ruary*. Those interest i can communicate with him. 

"* A new congregation has been organized at Selma, 
a suburb of Clifton Forge, Va. It is hoped to ex- 
tend the work into the city proper, as opportunity of- 
fers. '■ 

Bro. S. F. Sanger informs us that the total number 
, of accessions, resulting from Bro. W. F. England's 
1 recent series of meetings at Empire, Cab, is twenty- 

\i g i,t. . 

Including the number mentioned in previous is- 
sues, Bro. Landa U. Kreider's meetings in the Ar- 
canum church, Ohio, resulted in nineteen accessions 
to the church. 

Bro. Charles E. Oberlin, of Logansport, Ind., 
closed a series of meetings in the Howard church, 
>ame State, Dec. 13, with eight accessions by baptism 
and one restored. 

A midwinter Bible Institute is being held in the 
Bethel church, Carleton. Nebr., Dec. 31 to Jan. 3. 
Brethren E. M. Studebaker and A. J. Culler are in 
charge of the work. 


Whim Bro. Jas. F. Swallow was with the mem- 
rs of the Hancock church, Minn., in a series of 
■neetings, recently, thirteen identified themselves with 
neople of God. 

,< <-Sl 

Bro. H. B. Yoder, of Lancaster, Pa., closed a series 
of meetings at the Petersburg house, same State, Dec. 
20. Seven rallied around the banner of King Em- 

As a result of special efforts, engaged in by Bro. 
S. T. Fisher, pastor of the Peru church, Ind., seven 
have united with that congregation during the last 
few weeks. 

While extending to us the compliments of the 
season, Bro. W. B. Yount, of Westminster, Md., 
writes: "My wife thinks that the Messenger grows 
better each year, and I do too." 

Bro. D. H. Keller and wife, of Dayton. Ohio, 
were with the members at Bradford, same State, in a 
recent revival effort. Fourteen made the good con- 
fession; one was restored. 

Bro. Levi Ziegler, District Evangelist, was with the 
members of the Oley Valley mission, Stonetown, Pa., 
in a recent revival. Five declared their willingness to 
follow Jesus in all his ways. 

Bro. Michael Kurtz, one of the home ministers 
in the Tulpehocken church, Pa., recently held a most 
inspiring revival at Richland. Fifteen made the good 
profession and one was restored. 

Bro. A. B. Miller, pastor of the Hagerstown, Md., 
church, recently conducted evangelistic services in 
that congregation, during which seventeen decided to 
cast their lot with the people of God. 

Bro. Wm. Lampin, of Polo, 111., closed a successful 
revival effort in the North Bethel church, Mo., Dec. 
20. Nineteen were received by baptism, and are now 
identified with the Lord's people at that place. 

The Sunday-school Convention of Southwestern 
Missouri and Northwestern Arkansas convenes at 
Carthage, Mo., Jan. 9. The program reached us too 
late for insertion in this issue, greatly to our regret. 

Fairview church, Mich., began a revival effort 
Nov. 29 and continued until Dec. 20, Bro. J. L. Guth- 
rie doing the preaching. Seven were induced to enter 
into the baptismal covenant, and two were reclaimed. 

Word has just reached us of the death of Bro. F. C. 
Renner, a minister at New Midway, Frederick Coun- 
ty, Md. Those who knew him best, testify to his 
earnest efforts in the upbuilding of the Master's king- 

Bro. W. J. Barnhart, of Mt. Carroll, 111., assisted 
the members at Dixon, same State, in a recent revival. 
Seven were made willing to enter into covenant re- 
lationship with the Lord, and one was restored to 


- Bro. J. M. Mohler, of Pennsylvania,, under date 
of Dec. 21, writes us from Roanoke, La., where he is 
engaged in a revival meeting. He reports a good in- 
terest, but states that a great deal of rain more or less 
interferes with the meetings. 

Bro. S. I. Bowman, of Harrisonburg, Va., labored 
most acceptably for the members of the Buena Vista 
mission, same State, in a series of evangelistic services. 
Thirty-seven were received by confession and bap- 
tism, and three were restored. 

The members at Stonerstown, Pa., recently en- 
joyed a most refreshing revival effort. Bro. J. P. 
Harris, of Staunton, Va., unfolded unto them the 
treasures of everlasting truth. Twenty-one declared 
their allegiance to the Great Commander. 

On account of the failing health of his daughter, 
Bro. George A. Dove, of Hotchkiss, Colo., is seeking a 
location in a lower altitude. Any church in Montana, 
Idaho, New Mexico or Oregon, wishing the assistance 
of a minister, can communicate with him. 

Brother and Sister A. Conner, of Manassas, Va., 
and Brother and Sister John Stump, of Miami, Texas, 
reached Omaja, Cuba, recently, and will spend some 
time in that balmy clime. Their help in the work will 
be greatly appreciated by the little flock there. 
..*ie, Oh. 

Up to Dec. 26, the total number of accessions re- 
ceived at Covington, Ohio, as a result of the meetings, 
recently held there, was sixty-six, inclusive of those 
given in previous reports. We are informed that over 
one hundred members have been added to that congre- 
gation since March, 1914. 

At times a church is so greatly filled with the re- 
vival spirit, that sinners are brought to a realization of 
their condition before the meetings even begin. Such 
was the case at St. Joseph, Mo., recently, when, prep- 
aratory to the contemplated revival effort, seven were 
received by 1 confession and baptism. 

Six were recently baptized at Liao station, China, — 
a point where our devoted workers are doing a most 
excellent work. Four of those who were received be- 
long to the " teacher " class. There are also five in- 
quirers who will be received in the near future. At 
a recent love feast twenty-one were present, twelve 
of whom were native Christians. 

Bro. Edward Frantz, President of Lordsburg Col- 
lege, Cal., spent a few days in Elgin last week. He 
came east to attend the committee meeting on " Elec- 
tion and Support of Pastors." He happened to strike 
our city just when winter was at its worst, — the mer- 
cury going down to sixteen degrees below zero on the 
morning he left for the more congenial clime of 
Southern California. 

Possibly some of the reports from churches, in- 
tended for this issue, may not appear until next week. 
On Monday morning there were over 800 letters to 
be opened in the cashier's office. Every mail during 
the day brought scores of others, and on Tuesday 
morning there were hundreds of additional letters. 
It was not practicable to open all of these communica- 
tions in time to sort out the parts intended for this 
issue of the Messenger. 

Bro. Curtis Harris, of Jasonville, Ind., wishes us 
to announce that there will be a public discussion, in 
defense of the doctrine of the Church of the Breth- 
ren, between Bro. B. E. Kesler, of Puxico, Mo., rep- 
resenting the Brethren, and W. H. Williams, of Lena, 
Ind., member of the Church of Christ, or Disciple 
church, beginning Jan. 19 and closing the 26th. The 
debate is to be held at Jasonville, on the C, T. H. and 
S. E. R. R., twenty-five miles southeast of Terre 
Haute, Southern Indiana. Wc learn that the discus- 
sion is to be brought out in book form, and that those 
desiring a copy of the work should immediately com- 
municate with Bro. Harris. 

We direct the special attention of our agents to 
Bro. S. E. Netzley's excellent article, " My Ex- 
perience As an Agent," on page three of this issue. , 
Bro. Netzley speaks from a practical experience ex- 
tending over many years, and what he says ought to 
be an incentive to many who have not given the 
Messenger agency business the close attention it so 
richly deserves. The agent who is instrumental in 
placing the Messenger into as many families as pos- 
sible, is doing a far-reaching work, — one that can not 
be measured by dollars and cents. Nor is the faithful 
agent's reward confined to the commission he receives 
for his services. He has the consciousness of duty 
well done, — the assurance of helping in the circula- 
tion of a journal that upbuilds and strengthens. This, 
and this alone, inspires him to the highest efforts and 
renewed diligence. 

The Accessions for 1914. 

For some years we have depended upon Bro. Edgar 
M, Hoffer, of Elizabethtown, Pa„ to keep tab on the 
number of accessions to the church, as reported in 
the Messenger from week to week. We have found 
his reports both interesting and satisfactory, and it 
affords us pleasure to give to our readers the results 
of the painstaking care in collecting and arranging 
the facts, as shown in the following, indicating the 
number entering the church by confession and baptism 
each month, as well as the number reclaimed for the 
year : 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

Month. Baptized. M 

January 1.026 Nov 

February 809 Dec 

March 56S 

April 686 

May 348 

T une 585 

July, 497 

August 386 

September 611 





Total ' 8.522 

uring the 



Total baptized and 

October, .' 895 reclaimed 9.058 

So far as wc recall, this is by far the largest number 
of accessions, for one year, yet reported in the Mes- 
senger. Last year there were 6,500 baptized; the 
year before, 6,415, and the year previous to that (or 
1911), 5,217. During the year just closed there were, 
of course, a number of baptisms not reported, and 
could these be added, the total number baptized might 
swell the number to nearly 8,700. 

Bro. E. L. Craik, of McPherson, Kans., informs us 
that he kept a very careful record of the deaths of 
members, reported in our columns, and his report 
shows that the death toll was 470 brethren,, and 570 
sisters, making a total of 1,040. To this we would 
add at least sixty, bringing the number up to 1,100. 
Deducting this from the 8,700 baptized, we have a 
net gain of 7,600 for the year 1914. If to this we add 
the 536 reclaimed, the net gain would be 8,136. Plac- 
ing our membership at 95,000, these figures would 
show a gain of eight and a half per cent. Some al- 
lowance must be made for those expelled, as well as 
for those who have wandered away from the fold. 
Even then it willie safe to place the net gain at seven 
and a half per cent, or, possibly at eight per cent,— an 
exceedingly encouraging growth. 

The Mission Board Meeting. 

Last week brief mention was made of the meeting 
of the General Mission Board, with the promise that 
something further might be said. An unusual amount 
of business was disposed of, but only a part of it can 
he reported at this time. 

After having the matter under advisement for a 
year or more, a new method of reporting the business 
of the House was adopted. Hereafter rent on the in- 
vestment in the buildings and the printing plant will 
be charged up against the Publishing Business, and 
this rent will be turned over to the Board for carrying 
on its work. The by-laws were amended. One 
tract offered for publication and distribution was de- 
clined. Sisters Eliza Miller, Ida Himmelsbaugh and 
Kathryn Ziegler, missionaries in India, were granted 
the usual furlough. A few boarding schools will be 
opened uo in India, a Girls' School established, and 
nearly $40,000 was appropriated for the expense of 
the mission work during the present year. It was 
also decided that Bro. A. W. Ross and wife, Bro. J. 
M. Pittenger and wife, and Sister Josephine Powell 
should return to their work in India. Sister Barh->- 
Nickev. M. D.. will accompany the party. It has 
been arranged for them to sail from New York on 
Wednesday, Jan. 6. Thev mav be addressed in care 
of outgoing steamer Arabic, White Star Line. 

Considering the war conditions in Europe, very lit- 
tle ran be done in Denmark and Sweden, aside from 
sustaining the work and encouraging the workers. 
For the present no improvements in the way of build- 
ings ran be undertaken. No further work in China 
is to be opened up at this time. 

An unexpected turn was taken in the proposed Je- 
rusalem Mission. The project is being financed by 
Bro. Stephen Johnson, of Lordsburg. Cab, and as he 
expressed a strong desire that Bro. Galen B. Rover 
be sent to open un and establish the mission, 
the Board acceded to his wishes in this particular, and 
asked Bro Royer to accept the appointment. He did 
so. and as soon as it is found advisable to enter Pal- 
estine, he and Sister Royer will proceed to Jerusalem. 
The names of a number of missionaries for the dif- 
ferent fields were presented and duly considered. 
Several were accepted, and others will be approved as 
soon as it is known that the medial examinations 
are satisfactory. By this we mav understand that the 
Hershev Conference will be called upon to confirm 
- several apnnintments. The Board adjourned to meet 
""J" he third Wednesday in April. 

A Glance Into 1915. 

The work of 1914 has been completed, and we now 
enter upon the duties of another year. This, upon our 
part, means an additional volume of the Messenger, 
and to our patrons it means much more. But what- 
ever it implies, it is the purpose of the management of 
your church paper to encourage and lead out, as far as 
possible, in every line of thought tbat may prove help- 
ful in the performance of the duties and responsibili- 
ties resting upon the members composing the Church 
of the Brethren. x 

In leading, however, it should be borne in mind that 
we are to operate in harmony with the principles 
recognized by the religious body which the papfeu" is 
meant to represent. Those having charge of the pa- 
per are supposed to understand these principles, and 
to be in sympathy with them. Not only so, but when 
they were placed in charge of the work, it was with 
the distinct understanding that they keep the Mes- 
senger lined up with the teaching of the Brethren. 
Any departure from this policy might well be looked 
upon as dishonorable and taking advantage of the situ- 
ation. VM 

' For years the church has confided in the Messen- 
ger, as she has never confided in any other human 
undertaking, and it now becomes our. duty to show 
that we can be trusted by our Lord as well as by his 
people. We are not only to maintain the principles 
to which the church has become committed, but we are 
to lead out in any line of thought or action that may 
aid in advancing these principles. It is not a matter 
of mere leading, but the leading should be in the right 
direction. % 

The direction in which the church should be led, or 
the lines along which the body ought to be developed, 
should at this time deeply concern all of our careful 
thinkers.' The church ought to grow, not alone in 
numbers, but in thought, piety, usefulness and aggres- 
sion. We can never accomplish what should be 
brought about until we begin to do some high as well 
as some broad thinking. There should, in striving for 
piety, be no limit to our aim, this side of perfection. 
Usefulness involves efficiency and expansion. Our 
usefulness in this world, as a religious body, will be 
limited by our efficiency. We care not what may be 
our piety, our claims and aims, the lack of efficiency 
will cripple in every undertaking. 

When it comes to developing our people, this should 
be done in keeping with our well-understood plea. 
Along this line we can.grow stronger, or we can be- 
come weaker. Growth here means strength, and it 
should also mean skill and activity. Then, on the 
other hand, we can ignore our plea and depart from 
the principles for which we have stood for more than 
two centuries. Or, we can go still farther, and be- 
come so thoroughly contaminated by unscriptural en- 
vironments as entirely to lose our real identity as a 
body, earnestly contending for the faith once deliv- 
ered unto the saints. Losing our identity, in this par- 
ticular, and falling in with the popular religious 
thought and movements of the day, is what some call 
growth and development. The Messenger, however, 
looks upon this as a departure from the faith. 

But to lead out and to help in developing our peo- 
ple along right lines, is not our only purpose and mis- 
sion. It may not be altogether the most important 
part to be played in the duties and responsibilities en- 
trusted to a church paper. If we would be of any 
force for good in the world, we must not only be loyal 
to the Gospel, and efficient as workers, but we must 
be aggressive. We rare not how superior our plea, 
or how thoroughly ur teaching and practice may 
accord with the New Testament, if we do not push 
our claims, our efforts will amount to nothing. As a 
religious body, we must become aggressive. We are 
here with our plea, and unless we puJi it to the front, 
and keep it there, we are going to lose out in the great 
religious struggle of the age. It is not falling in with 
the popular ways of other religious persuasions that 
is going to give us success, but the throwing of our 
Whole strength into the principles for which we stand. 

With our plea, founded upon the Gospel, as it surely 
is, we ought to be known and recognized as the most 
active, aggressive and persistent people in the world. 
It ought to be understood that nothing can stop us. 
With the New Testament in hand, and with our plea 
in the interest of loyalty to the Gospel, we ought to 
make such a stir as to give just grounds for being 
accused of turning the world upside down. 

But aggressiveness means the best of methods. It 
means not only the best of plans, but it also means the 
working out of such plans. It further means conse- 
cration, service, money, schools, Sunday-schools, 
workers, and thorough organization for work. It . 
means that every capable member, every congregation, 
State District, as well as the General Brotherhood 
itself, must buckle down to work. It means more 
activity upon the part of all the ministers, the elders in 
charge of churches, and especially pastors devoting 
their energies to the interests of their flock. It means' 
thorough work, and more of it, upon the part of the 
Sunday-schools and the Christian Workers. Not only 
so, but it means efficient and more aggressive work 
upon the part of all our schools along church lines, 
and in the interest of the church and her plea. This 
will demand a better support for the schools and their 
teachers. It goes farther. It means more and better 
books in the interest of what we, as a religious body, 
teach. It should mean the multiplying of our tracts, 
and the publishing of better tracts. 

With our forces fully employed in the interest of 
aggressiveness, our mission work in this country, as 
well as in other lands, would go forward almost by 
leaps and hounds. There would be no lagging behind 
upon the part of any set of workers, individuals, 
boards or associations. It would mean greater effi- 
ciency in the ministry, from one end of the Brother- 
hood to the other. It might possibly mean the organ- 
ization of a colporter system that, under wise and' 
aggressive management, would lead to the placing of 
our church literature in every section of the United 
States and Canada. Furthermore, it would lead to the 
lining up of the Annual Meeting itself for actual work. 
The Conference would not relax her interest in church 
polity, but she would maintain her principles, by mak- 
ing of herself a real aggressive and persistent working 
body, laboring in the interest of a wider diffusion of 
the principles for which she stands. She might pos- 
sibly keep the churches so busy, pushing forward her 
interests, that the members would have little time to 
dispute about minor differences, or little disposition 
to glide into the popular and treacherous current of 
modern Christianity. 

During the last two generations our people have 
grown in efficiency and aggressiveness, but not half 
fast enough. We have set in motion various activities, 
—one movement after another— but not one of them 
has yet been worked to the limit. Then there are 
others that are needed. Since we entered the editorial 
chair in 1876, we have witnessed the rise and growth 
of every activity and every helpful movement among 
us. Not only so, but we have helped to champion 
every commendable movement in the Brotherhood. 
From the start, the Messenger has been the friend 
of all our present activities and aggressive movements. 
And what it has been in the past, in this particular, 
it is to continue in the future. It stands for growth, 
efficiency, progress and aggressiveness,— not the type 
of so-called progress that leads worldward, but the 
type which stands for high thinking, pious living, 
loyalty to the Scriptures, and faithfulness to the 
church whose interests we are supposed to represent. 

And while we have always endeavored so to shape 
the policy of the Messenger as to keep the paper fully 
abreast df every approved movement for progress, we 
have invariably maintained that we are to succeed only 
to the extent that we line up with the New Testament. 
To fall in with and closely to affiliate with the re- 
ligious bodies that have departed from the teachings 
of Christ and the apostles, simply means a losing prop- 
osition for us. And to line up with any of the P' 
litical parties of the day, and to become an a 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

party in the civil government, means the surrendering 
of our time-honored claim for a separation from the 
world, and the evils of the world. More than that, it 
means corruption in church, as it has long meant cor- 
ruption in State. No Christian body can become a 
party in civil government, and yet remain strictly loyal 
to the Scriptures. It has never been done, and for 
our people to attempt it, means the eliminating of not 
a few distinctive features, and among them may be 
mentioned antisecrecy and the doctrine of nbnresis- 
tance. ^ 

Ever since we assumed editorial duties, — excepting 
the few years spent in the South, — we have been writ- 
ing introductions to the new volumes of the Messen- 
ger, as well as of its predecessor, and it is altogether 
likely that this is to be our last one. In all of these 
efforts we have endeavored to outline a policy, that 
, stands for everything that tends to advance the inter- 
'ests of the Church of the Brethren. In beginning this 
new volume, the same purpose is kept in view. We 
begin the work, pleading for faithfulness and loyalty 
to the teachings of the New Testament, for Christian 
development, efficiency and progress. All these years 
we have stood shoulder to shoulder with our aggres- 
sive workers. We are there today, and mean, as long 
as we remain on the Messenger, to keep the paper 
headed in that direction. Not only so, but we invite 
the lovers of truth to take courage, and fall in with 
every movement that may prove helpful to the cause 
we represent. Much has been accomplished in the 
'past, but a great deal more should be undertaken and 
pushed to completion in the future. Our prayer is 
that the year 1915 may witness the greatest forward 
movement for good that has yet been placed to the 
credit of the church. 

Not a Laodicean Church. 

" Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with 
goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that 
thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, 
and naked: I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the 
fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that 
thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy naked- 
ness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye-salve, 
that thou mayest see" (Rev. 3: 17-18). 

And it came to pass that the preacher-evangelist 
was called to hold a series of meetings in an isolated 
church, made up of a membership of people who earned 
their living by daily toil in the shops and factories in 
the city where the church was located. They worked 
le to twelve hours a day, at a wage of from 
per diem, according to the number of hours 
they labored. The house of worship was commodious, 

$2 to ! 

nd large 

ngregation. It was better than 

It was built at the personal 

, this world's goods, but rich in 

;ould not boast of " increased 

They had found the 

with Sunday-school ro 
all the needs of the cc 
many of their homes, 
sacrifice of the poor ir 
spiritual life. They < 
goods," as did the Laodi 
pearl of great price. 

The members lived in the immediate vicinity of the 
church, in a suburban district of the town. Their 
homes were humble, and the preacher found in this 
church a consistent example of the simple life, both 
in dress and in the home-life. Some of us insist stren- 
uously upon the simple life in dress, and in our homes 
are to be found, often in extravagant lavishness, the 
luxuries of life. Consistency is said to be a jewel, but 
it is a rare one. 

The preacher found a hearty welcome, and a com- 
fortable lodging place in the humble home of the elder. 
He lived in a house with three rooms,— kitchen, sit- 
ting-room and bedroom. In one corner of the sitting- 
room stood a comfortable bed, where the visitor 
slept the sleep of peace. There were no hard-wood, 
waxed floors, no toilets or bath-rooms, no costly rugs 
or expensive furniture, no bric-a-brac. The house 
was plainly, simply and comfortably furnished. It 
afforded a pleasant resting-place. The luxuries of 
life were not in evidence, but something immeasurably 
better was,— love manifested in the home! All the 
needs of the simple life were amply supplied. 

The elder labored daily in a factory. By working 

e hours a day, six days of each week, his income 

V»ut six hundred dollars a year. First of all he 

tithed his gross income and gave one-tenth to the 
church. He told the preachers how much joy came 
from the giving. He took his turn in the preaching 
services, and visited as much as possible among his 
people. With him it was a sincere regret that he could 
not give more of his time to the work of the Lord. 
He received no support for his services in the church. 
No word of complaint came from him. He was liv- 
ing on the sunny side of life. 

The membership numbered about thirty-five. For 
the most part the members were wide-awake, active 
and spiritually inclined. The fact that the enrollment 
in the Sunday-school is about one hundred and twen- 
ty,- or four for each member, is evidence of activity. 
An average of this kind would place not far from 
four hundred thousand pupils in the Sunday-schools 
of the Church of the Brethren. The church services 
' were also well attended, and the sisters had an active, 
helpful Aid Society,— a great blessing to the needy 
and helpless. 

The conditions, as found in this church, caused the 
preacher to do some earnest thinking. Being some- 
what acquainted with many different circumstances 
in life, he naturally drew some contrasts. He knew 
some churches, blessed with a great abundance of this 
world's goods, less active in church work than the one 
here referred to. He knew of some laborers, whose 
salaries ranged from one to two thousand dollars a 
year, and who referred to the sacrifices they were 
making, and who seemed less content than the work- 
ers in this church. He concluded that, so far as he 
was concerned, he would not use the word sacrifice in 
connection with anything he had done. 

The preacher was glad for the experience that came 
to him from this consistent example of the simple, 
spiritual life. In memory he was carried to his early 
days, for he was born and reared under similar con- 
ditions, and the enjoyment was intensified by these 
blessed memories. 

The church, here referred to, was not of the Laodi- 
cean type, but its class is found in the churches to 
which the following, message was sent : " I know thy 
works, and tribulation, and poverty, but thou art rich ; 
... be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee 
a crown of life." d. l. m. 

this become a very interesting and helpful part of the 
Annual Meeting, but it can only be done by your 
hearty cooperation. 

The General Educational Board. 

With all the members present, save Bro. John S. 
Flory, of Bridgewater, Va., the General Educational 
Board met in Elgin to transact business. Bro. H. C. 
Early was chosen Chairman; Bro. Otho Winger, 
Vice-president; and Bro. J. H. B. Williams, Secre- 
tary-treasurer. The financial budget shows an expen- 
diture of $425.42. Considerable attention, we notice, 
was given to the educational situation on the Pacific 
Coast, the purpose being that the extreme western 
part of the Brotherhood unite on maintaining one 
well-equipped school. 

With a view of receiving and caring for endow- 
ments according to law, all the members composing 
the Board were chosen a Board of Directors, and 
plans will be put into operation to raise an endowment 
fund on the annuity plan. This fund is to be loaned 
on real estate, while the interest, accruing from year 
to year, will be at the disposal of the directors. 

The Brotherhood is divided up into sections, and 
committees are appointed to look after the schools 
in their respective sections. This would seem to con- 
stitute a very important part of the work entrusted to 
the Board. Judging from the Minutes of the meet- 
ing, we are led to conclude that the Board is endeavor- 
ing to master the situation step by step, and will do 
nothing to cripple any of the schools. Among other 
things, a careful inquiry is to be made into the various 
methods, used successfully by the different schools in 
encouraging our nonconformity principles. Advance 
steps can be taken only after everything is well un- 
derstood, and the schools secure the united support of 
the churches of the Brotherhood. This will require 
time, patience and study. Everything can not be done 
in one week, or even in one year. 

Annual Meeting and Sunday-School Exhibit. 

We are requested to say that the General Sunday 
School Board is very eager to have a very interesting 
and instructive exhibit of Sunday-school work at the 
coming Annual Meeting at Hershey, Pa. This can 
only be done by the united efforts of the Sunday- 
school forces. The State District Secretaries are urged 
to make every effort to cooperate in this work. In 
fact, the Board expects each District Secretary to be 
responsible for something from his District. The Bi- 
ble Departments and Teacher-training classes of our 
colleges, and Bible Institutes, are urged to exhibit 
some of their matter. Leaders of music might greatly 
assist by exhibiting collections of songs that would be 
helpful. Superintendents and teachers of primary de- 
partments may have very helpful little songs and 
other devices of interest. 

The Board feels that any matter that has been 
found helpful in the Sunday-school work ought to be 
willingly contributed for exhibition, and thus help to 
foster increased activity in the great cause of the Sun- 
day-school., Any drawings of helpful illustrations, 
any maps, as well as other devices that have been used 
in the Sunday-school, should be exhibited; charts of 
District Sunday-school Secretaries' statistics ; outlines 
and special charts by teachers or students of books of 
the Bible, or kindred subjects; outlines of Paul's 
journeys, Abraham's journeys, or the Life of Christ; 
list of sand table exercises, clay models, etc., used in 
the various Sunday-schools; lists of helpful books for 
Sunday-school libraries; drawings of various church 
plans, locating Sunday-school rooms as they actually 
exist, and any other things that may add to the inter- 
est, and be helpful in increasing activity in the Sun- 
day-school work. All of our Sunday-school workers 
are urged to take notice and become active at once, in 
preparing some matter for the coming Annual Meet- 
ing Sunday-school exhibit. The. Board hopes to have 

A Commendable Surprise Party. 

In order to secure increased attendance at its mid- 
week prayer meeting, the young people of a western 
town adopted a very practical, yet novel and consistent 
plan. Unknown to the pastor, they secured the names 
of all members, not ordinarily attending the weekly- 
prayer meeting of the church. Invitations were sent 
to all, requesting them to rally on a given Wednesday 
evening, to surprise the pastor by having the largest 
prayer meeting on record. The invitation emphasized 
that the meeting would be wholly spiritual, — no so- 
cial feature being connected with it. Despite a very 
cold evening the attendance was phenomenal. Great 
was the pastor's surprise as, one by one, the members 
dropped in, — some for the first time in years. In- 
stead of only one hour's duration, with much of the 
time wasted in chilly silence, the meeting continued 
for an hour and a half, every moment fully occupied. 
Greatly moved, the pastor said with marked emphasis, 
" This is the kind of surprise party I really like." 
Still more gratifying is the sequel, — a large attend- 
ance still characterizes the midweek meetings. The 
revival of the prayer meeting seems to be permanent. 
It's a plan worth trying. 

Love's Millionaires. 

Some one has said, " Love's millionaires are the only 
ones to be envied," and there is much truth in the 
statement. Some of them may be well blessed with 
this world's goods^ but the larger number, by far, are 
poor in the things of earth. They do not live in pal- 
aces, as a rule, but kindness and consideration are 
among the furnishings of their homes. They may not 
dress elegantly, but they are adorned with the jewels 
of courtesy and gentleness. Their bank account may 
be small, but the number of their friends is great. 
They have little money to invest, but every day they 
are making investments of helpfulness, and this is 
bringing wonderful returns. The rich man leaves 
his money behind him for his heirs to quarrel over. 
Love's millionaires carry their wealth with them, and 
are enriched by it to all eternity. 

- ' -' — 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 


Winder, North Ma rich 

North Manchestei 


4, Troy, Ohio; I* T. Hols! 
R riil .«<■ writer, Va. 
Temperance Commlttee.- 

Elgin, 111., Sei-ret:ii'y 


^General IObbIoh Board. — II. C. Early. Penn Laird, Va.. 

, VIce-Clviirni:Hi; 

Mt. Morris, III. 

Ober, Chairman. 
drman, Greenville, 
Va.; S. S. Blough, 

'ayette Steele, Walkerton. 
Penn Laird, Va., Chalr- 

. Bright, R. D. 

Peace Committee.— J. TCnrl/. Mlll.-r, Chairman. Kr.s Sixtieth 
-ti.-.i. Prm-.kivTi. N. v.: r>. I-T:ivs, Tronsnrer, Broadway. Va.; 
iV. J. Swierart. S<f\--tn\-, fhinl ingdon, Fa. 

Homeleas Cliildreu Committee. — Frank Fisher. President, 
ilpxico, Ind.; I-:, hi. John, Tii.isur.'i-. Mcriiersnn, Kans.; P. S. 
rtK'in.iv, Si-crr-hirv, l-ln rr! son burg, Va. 

Tract Examining- Committee, — J:mu=s M. Moore, 3435 W. 

Street. Phi.a^, III.. 
iiJU; Kilwn'rd FmnU,'g, _ Cah,' 1915."' 

ir. 111., 1917; D. 

On the night of Dec. 4, Eld. M. J. Mishler, of Conway, - 
and Eld. Ellis M. Studebaker, of McPherson, met with 

us for the purpose of organizing us into a church. Bro. 
MisHler acted as moderator, and Bro. Studebaker as 
clerk. It was decided that the name of the organization 
be "West Wichita Church of the Brethren." The fol- 
lowing officers were elected: Trustees, S. N. Detrick for 
one year; E. E. Wade and W. L. Terwillegar for two 
years; G. W. Neher and Anna Garst for three years; 
elder, J. Edwin Jones; clerk, Julia Garst. It was also 
decided that the clerk act as Messenger correspondent. 
Our treasurer is E. E. Wade; church historian, Anna 
Garst. The business meetings of the church are to be 
held on the first Friday evening of each quarter. The 
spirit of union and peace reigned throughout the meet- 
ing, and each one seemed in earnest and anxious about 
the success of the work, here in the future. 

This church was started about five years ago, as a 
mission point, under the direction of Bro. Jacob Funk. 
The work has grown steadily. Souls have been added to 
the kingdom, and we trust that many more will be added. 

Thanksgiving was, indeed, a day of rejoicing and 
thanksgiving for us. A young man and his wife came in- 
to closer union with the church by being baptized. 

We have reorganized our Sunday-school and Chris- 
tian Workers' Band for the coming year. Bro. E. E. 
Wade was reelected Sunday-school superintendent, and 
the writer was elected president of the. Christian Workers' 

Our Sunday-school will give a Chris 
Christmas Eve. 

1902 Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kans. 


The Sunday-school Convention of Southern Idaho was 
held in the Boise Valley church. 

The first topic was, "The Sunday-school." Small in 
the beginning, it now is a factor of vast importance. Its 
force is felt in every department of the church. Many 
of its scholars are the church's best workers. From the 
primary to the seniors, we are an organized world force. 
Brethren Brumbaugh, Hoff, Wieand and Stover are ex- 
amples of widely-extended efficiency. The National Con- 
vention's work, at its last session, reached nearly every 
nation through their several interpreters. 

The second topic was: " The Needs and Methods of the 
Primary Teachers." The following were a few of the 
thoughts presented: "A thorough study of the lesson." 
" We must love children if we would effectually teach 
them." "The story method is good." "The primary de- 
partment is the most important in the Sunday-school." 
" Teachers should be selected from our best workers, as 
they become the child's ideal." " The work of the pri- 
mary department becomes largely the foundation of the 
departments to follow." " The child, as plastic clay, de- 
mands great skill on the part of the moulder." 

The third topic was, " The Art of Securing Attention in 
Class." Some of the ideas presented were as follows: 
" Get the scholars to exercise their ability by giving them 
individual work." "Teachers must know the Bible, and 
properly present it to hold attention." "Teachers should 
be so Christlike as to become the child's ideal." 

Questions were solicited, to be answered by one-minute 
talks, as follows: 

1. "How can we use more of our talent?" Answer, 
" By selecting superintendents who will find a place for 
every one that can and is willing to work." 

2. " Hpw may we best counteract the evil influence of 
trashy books and Sunday newspapers?": Answer, "Bar 
the newspaper from our homes; destroy all trashy books; 
give the children plenty of good literature;use every avail- 
able means of getting and keeping them in! Sun'day-schooi, 
and teach the child the Sunday newspaper's evil effects." 

3. " How long is it advisable to use the skme teacher for 

the same class?" Answer, "As long as he holds the 
pupils' interest and gets results." " ' When you find a 
teacher tried and true, change not the old one for the 

4. "What is the value of music in the Sunday-school?" 
Answer, " Its value will be apparent when you try to carry 
on your school without it." " Some hearts arc touched 
by music when all else fails." " It is the live wire of the 

5. " How can we keep our junior and intermediate boys 
interested? " Answer, " This question confronts every 
school." " Be a friend to them." " The exemplification 
of the Christian graces in their teacher and in the 
church members is the drawing and keeping power." 

6. " Tell how to have a live teachers' meeting." Answer, 
" Have a body of teachers that hunger and thirst after 
righteousness. Such will always be factors in making a 
live teachers' meeting." " Every superintendent and teach- 
er that feels called of God will make the sacrifice that is 
needed to have it." " The only way to evidence your real 
activity is to have a live teachers' meeting." 

Nampa, Idaho, Dec. 2. S. A. Rhodes. 


We are on the threshold of a new year, with all its 
wonderful possibilities. What has been planned to at- 
tempt and to accomplish by you? It is well to look ahead 
a little, and to study our field. 

During the past quarter we have been stirred by lead- 
ers in missionary activity; by the need of greater temper- 
ance activity; by soul-winning meetings, held in the dif- 
ferent churches. 

But it brings sadness, surely, when we think that so 
many people, right here in our own District, make no 
profession of Christianity whatever, neither do they at- 
tend church or "Sunday-school. Then, in the face of ap- 
palling figures, does it not become apparent to us that 
if we do not interest these people who are outside of 
churches, our great amount of Sunday-school machinery 
is working for naught? If one must work merely to 
keep an organization alive, there will come failure, but 
if we are working through the organization for the salva- 
tion of men, great things will be done. 

Let the schools of Northwestern Ohio so work to in- 
crease their enrollment, that, by the end of 1915, there 
will be an increase, in the District figures, of one thou- 
sand. Also see to it that a total of three hundred are 
added to the church membership from the Sunday-school. 
Let every member of the church be a member of some 
department of the Sunday-school. The increased attend- 
ance will be made possible by the earnest efforts of every 
individual member of the Sunday-school. 

It is not urged that we have this increase simply for 
the sake of numbers, but labor so that every man, wom- 
an and child, now outside of the church walls, may be 
brought under the influence of the Sunday-school, and 
through it to accept Christ as his personal Savior. Do 
not say now that it can not be done. The question is, 
" Will we do it? " Opportunity always spells " responsibil- 
ity." Leo L. George, 

District Sunday-school Secretary. 

Bellefontaine, Ohio, Dec. 17. 


On Sunday evening, Dec. 6, our pastor, Bro. Conover, 
preached a strong sermon on the " Great Surrender," after 
which one dear young woman surrendered herself to Je- 
sus. When the day arrived, for her to enter the church 
through the ordinance of Christian baptism, a mother of 
three children, won by the personal work of the pastor, 
also accepted the pleadings of the Holy Spirit, and was 
baptized. The Holy Spirit, however, has not yet ceased 
to plead with sinners, for on Sunday night last, after our 
pastor had preached on "The Great Commission," an- 
other young sister accepted the call, and is now awaiting 

Our Sunday-school has increased greatly during the last 
quarter. Last Sunday our attendance was one hundred 
and five, which is very encouraging to us all. At our 
prayer meetings we have a good attendance, and a great 
interest manifested. The average attendance at this meet- 
ing is thirty-five.— not as good, perhaps, as in some of 
our organized churches, but we hope that in the near fu- 
ture more will become interested. 

We have received money and clothing from two aid so- 
cieties— Trotwood and Hickory Grove. We hope that 
others will hear the call and respond to the cry of the 
needy. You, who give "to these, never realize how much 
good you do, how many hearts you make glad. Only he 
who cares for even the little sparrows, knows all. 

Now, as the blessed Christmas season has once more 
come to us, I trust that all who are so richly favored 
with life's blessings, will think for a moment of him who 
was poor and lonely during his sojourn on earth, about 
nineteen hundred years ago. Then remember the millions 
of needy ones who are now within your reach. Christ 
says: " Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least 
of these my brethren, ye have dope »* unto me -" If y° u 

could see how glad these people are when we give them 
the things that are sent here, you could not, you would 
not, hesitate a moment from saying, " I, too, want to share 
in that blessing," for you know it is "more blessed to 
than to receive." \ 

We, as well as the children, are looking forward to a 
splendid Christmas program, which, we hope, will be the 
means of creating a greater love for the " Blessed Christ 
Child." Ethel Sollenberger. 

954 S. Pickaway Street, Circleville, Ohio. 


Since our last writing from this station, the work has 
been moving along encouragingly at Liao, and an out- 
station has been opened at He Shun, a city some thirty 
miles from here, on the road to Ping Ting. 

A eolporter has been employed for the past several 
months, who has been reaching the towns and villages 
of the Liao district with Gospels and tracts, — some hun- 
dreds of which have been sold. 

For a while, during the summer, the work at Liao was 
left largely in the hands of native helpers, while the for- 
eigners got out to the hills, for a little rest and recuper- 
ation, — a very necessary thing on the foreign field, for one 
could not constantly bear the strain and responsibility 
of the work, as it is on the field, without an occasional 

Opening of the Schools. 
, The two mission schools of Liao were opened near the 
first of September. The Boys' School, which was organ- 
ized last yean has now nearly forty pupils. The Girls' 
School, which! was opened this fall, for the first, opened 
with eight puj its. The Girls' School is the first of its 
kind for the q :y of Liao, or even for the district, and 
it will simply take time for the people to appreciate the 
value of having their girls educated. But it will come. 
Already many speak very favorably of the merits of such 
a school. Sister Cripe has charge of this work and 
through it all her one main hope is to instill Christian 
character and develop efficient homemakers. A small 
per cent, perhaps, will develop into teachers and leaders. 
To the Boys' School we look largely for our future 
evangelists and teachers. Some are already desiring to 
become Christians, and this is hopeful. 

The " Women's Work,"— the oversight of which has 
been allotted to the writer,— has its encouraging fea- 
tures. The thing needed, perhaps, most in this work is 9 
patience, and more patience, and simplification of all the - 
work. Ten women are now learning to read, and some 
are making progress beyond our anticipations. Our 
main purpose in teaching them to read is, that they might 
learn to read the Bible for themselves, and also be able 
to sing. A native woman of the city has been secured 
as helper in the work. She, however, must first be taught 
and prepared as a helper, and this will take time. But 
in all this work we are confident that in due time we 
shall reap if we faint not. 

Interruptions in the Work. , / 

During the month of September several of the ' rkers, 
—Dr. Brubaker and wife and the writer,— hr-'* .o take 
a trip to Tientsin and Peking on important b/ ess. For 
some months previous. Sister Brubaker had\ .Jen having 
much trouble with her eyes. She was compelled to leave 
off the study of Chinese characters, which is hard on the 
best of eyes. Dr. N. S. Hopkins, of the Methodist Mis- 
sion in Peking, being the nearest oculist in North China, 
she went to him for an examination of her eyes, and was 
able to secure help, although not entirely relieved yet. 
While in Peking we had the privilege of meeting with 
Brother and Sister Flory and Brother and Sister Vani- 
man, who are now there, taking advantage of the Peking 
Language School. Our business all being transacted, we 
returned by way of Pao Ting Fu, where we stopped off 
to visit the Presbyterian and American Board Missions, 
receiving many helpful suggestions. While on this trip 
we had the privilege of meeting with and hearing Mr. 
and Mrs. Eddy, who have spent some years in India in 
mission work, and are now making a tour through the 
main cities of China, seeking to get in touch with the 
student bodies of the schools, and enlist them in Bible 
reading by joining Bible study classes. Hundreds have 
joined these classes, and there now remains a great work 
and a wonderful opportunity for all Bible teachers to 
organize and carry forward this work. 

The Coming of Visitors. 

Oct. 21 the Liao Hsien workers were favored by the 
coming of their first unofficial visitors, outside of our 
own mission workers, in the persons of Brother and 
Sister W. O. Beckner, who are now returning to the 
States from the Philippines where, for the past five years, 
they have been teaching school. They were accompanied 
by Sister Horning from Ping Ting, and remained with 
us eleven days, Our brother and sister, though previous- 
ly not in direct mission work, have hearts alive to the 
work and we longed that we might keep them with us 
to help to direct and push forward the work that hangs 
heavily on some of the workers already on the field. 
Their visit meant much to us in encouragement and 
inspiration, and we pray that God may direct and lead 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

them to his place for them. The party returned to Ping 
Ting by way of Taiku and Tai-Yuan, being accompanied 
as far as Taiku by Dr. Brubaker and family, who purpose 
spending the winter months at that place in language 
study, and in getting in touch with the hospital work as 
it is carried on in this country. 

Baptism and Love Feast. 

Nov. 30 we held our second baptism at the Liao sta- 
tion. Six men were baptized, four of whom were of the 
teacher or higher class, thus giving us an opening among 
the more influential of the city. Five inquirers await 
further teaching. The baptism was followed in the after- 
noon by our love feast, at which twenty-one communed, 
twelve of whom were natives. It was a very precious, in- 
spiring season, made doubly so by the presence of our 
new converts, and our visitors from a distance. 
Buying of Land. 

During the month of October we had the good for- 
tune of purchasing two very desirable plots of land, one 
for the building of the Boys' School and the other as a 
site for our future chapel. This latter is a very desirable 
location in the heart of the city. Since we had had 
much difficulty, previously, in either renting or buying, we 
feel very grateful that we have at last been able to ob- 
tain these two desirable locations. May we abide God's 
time in all things, and may his Holy Name have all the 
praise! Anna M. Hutchison. 

Liao Hsien, Shansi, China, Nov. 10. 

the cost. Sister Mary Heckman, of Polo, 

services during the meetings, which were very much appre- 
ciated. On Thanksgiving Day we met for services. Each 
one brought a well-filled basket, and all sat down to a good 
Thanksgiving dinner, which was enjoyed very much. "We held 
our council Dec. 21. Our elder, Bro. O. F. Shaw, presided. He 
was elected to continue in office for three months. Sister 
Alice Lahman was chosen Sunday-school secretary, and Bro. 
Dennis Cross was appointed secretary of the Christian Work- 

Notes From Oar Correspondents 


McFarland i 

' Blickenstaff *• 

song program, rendered mostly by 



report Of the visiting brethren ' 

encouraging. — Emma Boyd, 108 

isposed of. Bro. Boyd 

work. We look 

Lanark church 
items of' business 

elected Sunday-school superintendent. The Teacher Com- 
mittee met the following week and planned the work for 19 
The Sunday-school was reorganized Dec. 27, so as to give 
largest opportunity possible for the new 
corps of teachers to begin the new ye: 
hopefully forward 

,,. (, ..■ . 

M. Eckerle, Lanark, 111., Dec. 

■ the kingdom. — D. E. Eshelman, 

on the 12th to elect Sunday-school officers. Eld. Peter 
ler presided. Four letters of membership were received 
three granted. Brethren Elden Myers and Harry Moore 
elected Sumhiy-Fthool superintendents. Bro. George was 
elected president of our Christian Workers* Meeting, _Our 

Thanksgiving offering amounted to $13.— Albert Myers. Wad- 
dams Grove, 111., Dec. 22. 


Cedar Creek: church met In council Dec. 19, with Bro. Hoover 
presiding. The meeting was well attended, and quite a large 
amount of work was done. Officers were elected for Sunday- 
school and church work for the coming year. Ono dear soul 
was restored to fellowship. — Sadie Ober, Laotto, Ind., Dec. 21. 

Howard.— Our church met In council Dec. 12. Eld. J. W. 
Flora presided. We reorganized our Sunday-school, and Bro. 
R. Ewing was elected superintendent, with Sister Edna Elken- 
berry as secretary. Bro. E. E. Flpps has located between the 
Howard and Bachelor Run churches, and will divide his time 
between the two churches next year. On the evening of Dec. 
13 we "closed our series of meetings, conducted by Bro. Charles 
R. Oberlin, of Logansport, Ind. He preached the Word with 

Eight precious souls 

i Creek church met ! 


to accept 

ncil Dec. 19. Eld. D. 

. Friend and Bro. 

was received and one was granted. Our Harvest Meeting 
offering of S30 has been forwarded to the General Mission 
Board, to be divided equally between the India Hospital Fund 
and the Girls' School In China, Bro. Elmer E. Shultz was 
elected superintendent of our Sunday-school. Bro. Funtierburg 
has served faithfully as our superintendent for the past four 
years, having missed but two . sessions during that time. 
Bro. A. H. Snowberger, who was Messenger agent for almost 
sixty years, asked to be relieved, and Sister Lucinda Zook 

L. Hatcher, presided. He wa 

1 :\I. Sl.-H-ily.— Ella Hatcher, Sun- 

Sunday-school officers were 
was chosen superintendent. It was decided to give a C 
mas program. A Missionary meeting was held, followin 
Sunday-school, Dec. 12. Yesterday, Dec. 20, the Sumby- 

church had her 

;' meeting yesterday, 
Sunday-school superintendents, 

Hoefle and L. Shadle; secretary-treasurer, Bro. Chas. 
Wise and Sister Lizzie Powers; presidents of our 
Christian Workers' Meetings, Brethren S. A. Powers and D. 
I. Powers', secretary-treasurers, Sisters Flossie and Eulys 
Hoefle. The card system Is to be used in the gathering of 
funds. We are to try It for one year, and if It proves a suc- 
cess, will adopt it permanently; Brethren D. W. Wise and 

Till : 

apple, and a bag of nuts and candy. 

again, after a discontinuance of eight weeks (except for Sun- 
day-school and a Monday evening service) during the "Billy 
Sunday " campaign. Seven converts have been baptized to 

Garrison church met In council for the year Dec. 19. Our 
lder, Bro. George Gnagey, presided. Our Sunday-school was 
eorganlzed. with the writer as superintendent. An offering 
■f $33.02 was lifted at the close ot our Thanksgiving service. 
■V> sent $1i) to our missionary, Bro. Arnold, In India, $18,02 

E. D. Flscel presiding. Officers for the 

prepared to begin the work of Uie new year with a new 
Bettle Root, Colorado City, Colo., Dec. 26. 

Omaja Brother and Sister A. Conner, of Manassa 

came to us Dec. 13. Bro. and Sister John Stump, of 
Dec. 17. We are glad for their coraing, : 


i work. Most < 
ie work among the Cubans, 
our Christmas exercises. The program 
profitable and the attendam 


embers come and visit us.— Grant 
Omaja, Cuba, Dec. 21. 

Mogcow. — Bro. Orrln B. Gregory, of Pullman. Wash., 
preached at our last regular appointment on Saturday i 

North Manchester church met In council Dec. 4. Thirty 
letters of membership were received and five were granted. 
The annual visit had been paid, and was reported at that meet- 
ing. All committees and officers for the year were elected. 
Our series of meetings, conducted by Bro. D. R. McFadden, 

nd two are to be restored to fellowship. The song service, 
onducted by Sister Sadie Stutsman, was Inspiring and help- 
ul. Last night the Sunday-school gave a Christmas program. 

> the needy,— to be given to the Old Folks and Orphans' Home 
: Mexico, Ind., to the poor In Chicago, and some In our own 
ty. An offering of $12 in cash was also devoted to charitable 

ing and Sunday morning 
be with us, o 
Idaho, Dec. 15. 


C. Fahrney was chosen elder; Bro. E. N. Flory, 
Bro. H. A. Swab, clerk; the writer, correspondent for another 
year; Sister Fahrney, chorister; Bro. S. T. Nicholson, Sunday- 
school superintendent, and Sister Pearl Prough, secretary. 
Bro. Floyd Johnson was elected president of our Christian 
workers" Meeting. We held our love feast Nov. 7. Seven 
ministers were present. Bro. A. J. Smith officiated. We will 
have our Christmas exercises on Christmas evening this year. 
— Alice Swab, Twin Falls, Idaho, Dec. 14. 


Bine Bidge church met In council Dec. 19. Bro. W, T. 
Heckman presided, and was retained as our elder, until our 
committee secures some one to take his place for 1915. We 
reorganized our Sunday-school, with Bro. J. J. Swartz as su- 
perintendent. Sister Ruth Swartz was chosen president of 
our Christian Workers' Meeting. Committees were appointed 
for 1915. Bro. Llghtcap, of Bethany Bible School, who is at 
home for a short time, is conducting an Interesting Bible 
Meeting for us. — John Barnhart, Mansfield, 111., Dec. 22, 

Chicago (Hastings Street). — The work at Hastings Street Is 

willing to stand i 

: been helped by this work, 
right. Saturday, Dec. 

"Church of the Brethren Mission." Pray for our work here 
in th© city! We need your prayers. — Mrs. M. E. Dyer, 1634 
W. Fourteenth Place, Chicago, 111., Dec. 20. 

Dixon. — Bro. W. J. Barnhart, of Mount Carroll, 111., began 
a series of meetings for us Nov. 22 and continued until Dec. 
13, at which time we held our love feast The meetings were 
well attended, and the sermons were very spiritual and in- 
spiring. Seven were willing to unite with the church by 
baptism, and one returned to the fold. Others are counting 

lrposes. We feel that 

he Lord has blessed the 


ace.— Belle Stauffer, N 

>rth Manchester, Ind., De 

c. 23. 

Peru. — Our work here 

Is moving along nicely. 

-cessions to the church 

in our Sunday evening m 


eptember. We held ou 

r love feast Oct. 24. It 


> other elder present, our 

hich an offering of $6 was taken. The church decided 
it to the Old Folks* Home. Dec. 3 we held our quarterly 

our elder, Bro. J. W. Norrls, presiding. We reorgan- 
■ Sunday-school for the coming year, with Bro. Elmer 

superintendent, and Bro. Clarence Orpurt, secretary. 
mes Neff was elected church treasurer. On Sunday 

stallation service 

■ granted, and officers were 

J. L. Mishler was reelected elder in charge; Bro. Jaspe 
ick, church chorister; Bro. Thomas Nihart, reading clerk; 

D. B. Bollinger, reelected writing clerk; Bro. Eli Schrock, 
■cled Sunday-school superintendent; Sister Dora Ear!, art, 
isU'r; Sister Blanche Artley, secretary; Bro. Edward Nl- 
, president of the Christian Workers' Meeting; Sister Mil- 
Hassan, chorister. We will have a special 

M i.Mu-t.iiry, Ind., Dec. 19. 

i church convened in quarterly council Dec. 19, at 
, Eld. Paul Mohler presiding.' Eld. Jerry Barnhart, of 


investigate the proposition of moving the 

enjoyed the meeting, and seemed to get much good from it. 
Brethren and sisters, we should not forget that these aged 
ones need religious services as well as the young do. We 
should visit the aged as often as we can, and take a word 
of love and joy to them. It will be a help to the Home and 
all that are in it, as well as a help to the church. — Frank 
Martin, Superintendent. Marshalltown, Iowa, Dec. 20. 

i Bible School, and it has done 
his church an untold amount of good in many ways. The 
lass was well attended, considering the inclement weather 

continue in the good work until the Master says, "Come up 
higher."— W. H. Lichty, R. D. 1, Waterloo. Iowa, Dec. 22. 

•STale.— This congregation met in the Tale house Dec. 19 in 
a business session. Our elder, Bro. Irving Haughtelin, pre- 

iion field of India. The main 
part of the business session consisted of selecting officers for 
our three church houses. We also elected Soliciting, Minis- 
terial and Cemetery Committees. The financial, statistical 
and Sisters' Mission Circle reports were read. Bro. J. D. 
Haughtelin, who for fifty years has been a contributor to our 
church publications, handed in his resignation as agent for 
the Brethren Publishing House. The church reluctantly ac- 
cepted his resignation, deferring the appointment of his suc- 
cessor until a future date. Sunday-school officers were also 
elected for the coming year, with Bro. Will Cordis as superin- 
tendent. We expect to begin our Bible Term at this place 
Dec. 28, with Bro. J. Hugh Heckman, of Chicago, as instructor,. 
— Allle Looklngbill, Tale, Iowa/ Dec. 20. 
Morrill church convened In council Dec. 16, with Eld. C. B. 
Smith presiding. One member was restored. The following 

ren A. Sawyer and Eldon Engle elected to the ministry. 
Sunday-school collection for Dec. 20, amounting to $10, 
given to the St. Joseph Mission. The Occouana class doi 
eighteen chickens to the Kansas City : 

Country, Its People, and 
. Flora, Morrill, Kans., Dec. 23. 
Snnnyslde church has just closed an Inspiring series of 
meetings, conducted by Bro. J. S. Sherfy. He ( 

awaiting th© rite, and one was restored to fellowship. Our 
son Is one of the number. We aro made to take new courage. 
While this Is only a mission point, we have 
number, through the help of God and the 

Edna, Brethri 

ford, John W. Vetter and Harry Goughnour are to serve as 
B ministerial committee. The Sunday-school was reorganized 
with Bro. Dennis Huftord as superintendent. Christian Work- 
ers' Meeting was organized with Bro. Jesse Huftord as presi- 
dent. Sister Vernle Metzger was chosen as a Missionary Sec- 


of this 

i Sunday-school. 
jion work. — S. S. 
Rapp, R. D. 1, Grldley, Kans., Dec. 20. 
Brownsville. — Nov. 30 Bro. D. K. Clapper commenced a 
of meetings for us, and continued until 1 

he closed with a splendid temperance i 

He delivered 

i_— _ 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

vllle. He also visited in man; 
was very inclement, a greater 
and Interest were very good. 

■espondent. — Lora Marsh, Williat 

N. Dak., good workers. 

the terms 
Nearly all 



Arlington. — A helpful three weeks' series ( 

>f Dayton. Oh It 

' labored. They ] 
by their zeal for Christ and 1 

cted by Emmanue; 

baptized. The 

i District. Our temperanci 
?, With Bro. P. R 

:-president; Sister 

Stanley C. Wenger, Brookvllle, Ohio, Dec. 20. 

Blue Creek, — At the request of the members . 
Creek church I began meetings for them on the 

harvest." We expect to hold a se 
Lord will." Pray i 

Black River church met in council 
tf our elder, Bro. J. A. Ov 
■Ie preached an inspiring 

Their church is located 

Grace Latty, and as the members v 

ar will of Latty receive the benefit 

Laura o«e of the town churches In 

The Interest and attendance 

time the weather was very in 

istly along doctrl: 

of Grand Rapids, presided. 

coming j 
resident i 
school is doing f 

weather. "We 

< hanged condition, 
interested, and man 
evening. We feel cer 
success. It Is a pity 
town, and no minister t 

t._ While 

trust that the 

k Wertenberger, Bangor, Mich., Dec. 17. 
Thornapple. — Nov. 29 Eld. J. H. Flke, of Midulebury, Ind., 
began a series of meetings at this place, and continued until 
Dec. 20. There were twenty-six sermons preached. We also 
had three sessions of Bible Study. The weather was rather 
unfavorable, so the meetings were not very well attended. 
Two were added to the church by baptism. Our little band of 
members has been greatly strengthened by Bro. Flke's ser- 
mons and presence. Dec. 12 the church met In quarterly mission work here. It wa 
council, our elder, S. M. Smith, presiding. Four letters of of Pleasant Hill, Happy 
membership were granted. Bro. Frank Hoover and Sister 
Ruth Smith were chosen to serve on the local Missionary 

ply they have no resident min- 
several miles from the town of 
>re anxious to have the people 
r those meetings, they (secured 

for splendid 
: will receive proper attention! 

Lift up yoi 
already un 
Ings here in Jam 
may send the Holy Spirit 
Smith. Box 296, Elk City, Okl 
Gutnrie church met in counc 
elder, Bro. J. Lehman, preside 
for the coming year, an 
charge. Sunday-school 

Nlswander as superintendent. We decided 
of meetings next May, If Bro. J. H. Morr 
can be secured.— <7a marine Leer, 414 Nc 


. J. Lehrr 

nlght of Dec. 18. ; 

presided, In the absence of our 
We reorganized our Sunday-sob 

i Workers' Meeting 

chosen president 

d sermon on " Sanctlficatloi 
greatly appreciated by 

on Thursday evenli 
presiding. On 1 
Bro. Bookwalter i 

Mohawk Valley. — O 

Committee. Sister Sarah Long : 

office of deacon. — Grai 
Odessa, Mich., Dec. 22. 

ftewlston. — This church met In counci: 
misunderstanding, our elder in charge 
was not with us, as had been planned. 
Preston, being with us In a series of i 
presided over the meeting. Officer! 



accept e< 

Officers elected 

Dec. 2. Owing to a 
Bro. D. W. Shook, 
iro. J. F. Souders, of 
leetings at the time, 

le year were elected, 
i building of a par- 
ie was appointed to 

last report, 


Circlevllie, Ohio, Dec. 2'J, 

Covington. — Our love feast was 
Our series of meetings, begun by I 
tlnued by our pastor, lasted Just 

and Trotwood. Sin 

f girls' classes 

; Sister Marie Pique 



eld on Sunday evening. 
, J. H. Cassady, and con- 

iree weeks, — the longest 

Piquet, church 1 

mrer; the writer, President 

Temperance Committee was elected, wit] 
Henry Royer for 1 

W. Weldler for three 
and Sister Laura Adams 
er-tralning class a few > 


, of 

; closed i 

the building in the spring. Our 

Sunday evening, Dec. 13. Bro. i 

lngs very ably. Our love feast ' 

Dec. 11. Bro. W. H. Richards and several of the members 

from the Winona church were with us. This meeting was 

especially edifying. — Abbie W. Nettleton, Lewlston, Minn., 

Dee. 18. 


Happy Hill Mission.— Our series of meetings, conducted by 
Bro. James Hardy, of Kansas City, Kans., began Dec. 1 anfl 
closed Dec. 17. Each night we were blessed with strong and " 
spiritual sermons. The attendance 

. loyal In their support of the meeting, and 
each one seemed anxious to bring some soul to Christ, — to do 
some definite thing which might Influence people to Come to 
church. As a result of this meeting, sixty-six were added to 
the church, making over a hundred that have been received 
since lost March. We had an unforgettable love feast. How 
we rejoice over the boys and girls from the Sunday-school, 
who are now Identified with the Lord's people! The teachers 
feel that they have their reward when they see these young 
people partaking of the Lord's supper. It was soon apparent 
that there was not room enough for all at the tables, and for 
this reason many of our members did not commune. All 
realized, however, that It was a precious hour, — the tenderest, 
most uplifting experience In the lives of the hundreds of com- 
municants. It brought God very near, and the real unity of 

ciated having some visitors from 

trust that they will come again. — Elizabeth D. Rosenberger, 

Covington, Ohio, Dec. 20. 

Eagle Creek church met in council Dec. 19, with our pastor, 
Bro. J. J. Anglemyer, presiding. The following officers were 
elected: Superintendent, Sister Dosia Freed; elder in charge, 
Bro. G. A. Snyder; pastor, Bro. J. J. Anglemyer; treasurer, 

■Mabel, Oregon, Dei 

oil. Bro. C. Fltz, of ] 

sly appointed elder In charge. At } 

. Chenny wa.s reelected ■ 


and Sister Nellie Carl, chorister. 

correspondent and Messenger agent for one year. — Jennlil 

Stephens, 1247 Borthwlck Street, Portland, Oregon, Dec. 21. J 


mgregatlon convened in council at Hanover- 

'1th Eld. John H. Wltmer presld- 

>rding to the plan 

: 9: 30 . 



' fertile. Land < 
lore, Rich Hill, 
on the afterno. 

.vlth the 

over, superintendent, Bro. Abni 
Paul Bashore; Hanoverdale, superintendent, 
sole, secretary, Bro. W. J. Bashore; Hoernerstown, superin- 
tendent, Bro. George H. Aungst, secretary, Sister Jennie A, 
Cassel; Pax ton, superintendent, Bro. Aaron Kaufman, secre- 
tary, Bro. James Wright; Bakers, superintendent, Bro. George 
Kletz, secretary, Bro. Jacob Cromas. We decided to hire a 

Eld. D. W. Teeter took charge of the meeting. Officers were 
elected for the coming year. Sister Emma Wine was chosen 
superintendent, and Sister Virgla Adklns, secretary. Bro. A. 
W. Adklns was appointed president of our Christian Workers' 
Society; Sister Emma Laguire, superintendent of the home 
department; Sister Josie Adklns, superintendent of the cradle 
roll; Sister Emma Wine, church clerk; Bro. R. M. Ellis, Mes- 
senger agent; the writer. Messenger correspondent. We de- 
cided to have a Christmas program. Our children are taking 
an active part in the Sunday-school, notwithstandln. 

seph Robins preached i 
us at the Prices Creek 1 



welcomed Into our 
1. Several officers 

lome ministers are conducting a pro 
doonshlne house. The evangelistic eff 
if Carlisle, Pa., held at Ffshlng Creek, 
ert. — Jennie A. Cassel, R. D. 2, Union Depo 
Oley Valley Mission, at Stonetown, was f 
ervlces of Bro. Levi Zlegler, our District 

wmjfi \ 

. Gilmore, 527 North Oak 1 
i Bethel. — Eld. Wm. Lampln, 

Nevada, Mo., 


nlckle as our Sunday-s 
Brelhren C. C. Longanecker and C. A. Baker ■ 
superintendents for Prices Creek during 
Mandllla Petry, New Madison, Ohio, Dec. 


the evening for this pla 

little flock at this place. 

very good. Dec. 13 Eld. J. 

Mission Board, preached three Inspiring 

also visited and Instructed the applh 

f.on-.Mi.-cl:..-]-, preside 

well attended, in 

ie long season of bad 
1 much encouraged. — Mary P. Ellenberger, 
Mound City, Mo., Dec. 22. 

Osceola church met In council Nov. 24, to prepare for our 
love feast. The visiting brethren gave a good report, Bro. 
Chas. Lentz, of Leeton, Mo., officiated at our love feast. Con- 
tinuing his efforts he preached fourteen inspiring sermons. 
We elected Bro. T. J. Simmons, Jr., to the ministry, and Bro. 
Roy Phllllpps as deacon. These brethren were Installed by 

We have 
Christian Workers' Meetings. 
good work. — Elizabeth Lyon, : 


Aid Society is 
City, Mo,, Dec. 

' doing making nir 

Arcadia church met Dec. 5, to reors 

work. Sunday-school officers are: Bro. '. 
ent; Sister Ethel Flke, secretary. Chi 
are: Sister Elva Stern, presiden 
Elizabeth Flke, foreign mission s> 
not with us at our council, being 
family. One of the deacons i 
the usual order. — Eva J. Fike, 

Columbia Sunday-school. — On Thanksgiving Day 

He preached 

Eighteen came forward, twelve having been 
usly. On Monday one more accepted Christ, 
a in all. Dec. 19 we elected our Sunday-school 
lalne Flory being chosen superintendent. He 
ite converts. We feel much encouraged in the 
this place. — J. W. Hocker, Arcanum, Ohio, Dec. 

jre baptized I 
It was something new I 
ible interest. One appll [ 
baptized with the otherf 

his section. — D. W. Weaver, BIrdsboro, 
i Hill. — Dec. 19 our congregation met 
this place. Eld. David Hohf presided. Among 1 
posed of was the reorganization of our Sunday-! 
place. We selected May 22 as the day when we 
love feast, at 4 P. M. — Amanda K. Miller, R. 

Soaring Spring. — At the 
L. G. Crosswhite presiding 



deled and furnished re- 

Shorb, of Surrey, N. Dak., had charge of the 

Ing. The attendant 

encouraged to press onward 
Society meets t 

' S. Can-, Newtonsvllle, Ohio, ] 

for a series of meetings. The following officers i 
Trustee, Bro. U. T. Stucky; recording secretary 
Replosflej financial secretary, Bro. D. O. MlUe 
Bro. Blair Snydei 

primary department, Sister Elizabeth 

i Workers' Society i 

Price Umphlet, of James Riv 

ther de- 
livered. For the present this church is to be known as the 
Columbia church, — In the bounds of the James River congre- 
gation. By request of the members and kind friends, Bro. 
Shorb continued meetings for the remainder of the week. 
The meetings were well attended. Each evening new thoughts 
of our blessed Savior were brought to mind. The moonlight 
nights and pleasant days were also helpful. 

icidecLed president • 

Bro. Ralph Holslng 

■ visiting durl 

Brantford, N. Dak., Dec 

Turtle Mountains. — B 

short stay : 


Sharp, of Egela 

N. Dak;, 
rtle /Mountains, and preached two 

We are an Isolated body, and always glad 
preach the Word to us. — Fred Schroeder, 

D. F. Landls, presided. One let 
officers were elected. Bro. Fred Sherlin was chosen roreman 
for a year. Our Sunday-school was reorganized, with Bro. 
Allen Kelther as superintendent, and Bro. Cleo Bontrlger as 

forward to a Bible No: 

Holidays, conducted by our District Evangelist, Bro. J. H. 
Morris. — Nellie B. Klnzle, R. D. 1, Ripley. Okla., Dec. 21. 
Elk City Is Oklahoma's greatest mission field, her greatest 

Tulp ehoc k en. — N o v. 

continued for nineteei 

. iVili-v, ship. Bretlu 

niy i 

the Christmas evei 

; here. We series of meetings at Mlltba 

ver. Under the supervi 

ion of Sister 

e years, the Sunday-school has grown 
g of Dec 23 a very appropriate Christ- 

Cllzabeth Barnett. Roaring Spring, Pa., 

1 Bro. Michael Kurtz, one 
rles of meetings at Ri 
evenings. As a direct 
stood for Christ, and one 

esult,' fifteen 

ksglvlng service, and %. 
ras lifted for the Orphan 
Ira Gibble, of Swatara 
llllbach. Our Christmas 

reached able 
9' Home. On 

> be given Dec. 27. The i 

preparing for a Christ 

John R. Pltzer, the Secretary of our District Mission Boar 
has been with us for a few days, visiting in the homes < 
our members. His visits were much appreciated. Bro. PItzt 
is trying to work up the plan of systematic giving to can- 
on the Lord's work. We believe that this Is the only plan i 
carry on the work successfully. In answer to the many le 
i of inquiry. In regard to the work here, 

chosen Messenger have a good church 

membership of thirl 

Idelberr house Dec. 13, when Bro. Ca 
Bro. D C. Reber, of Ellzabethtown 
Sunday-school Meeting was held 
e topics were timely, and 
Since our last report, we lost by 
(Concluded on Page 16.) 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 2, 1915. 

Notes from Our Correspondent* 

ae Following Note*. Crowded Out ot Last Issue, Art 

Given Space on This Page. 


Phoenix Million.— Eld. A. C. Snowberger, of California 

■ for < 

few months 

conducted by I 


Ltendant at 

oon come.— Dula O. Guthrie, 925 Grand 
venue. Phcenix, Ariz., Dec. 16. 

Empire. — Dec. 13 we closed a thr< 

i help of Bro. 

F. England, of Lords- 
wered prayers and re- 
of the Spirit, twenty- 

i Christ 

n were Sunday-school scholars. Bro. England 
Word with earnestness and power. Dec. C we e 
client communion service, Bro. England ofnclatin 
ks previous Bro. C. Brown was with us, and ga 
i-inspiring f 

icll Doc. 6. Eld. S. Eilj^'ciiinh 
i for tile coming year. Sister 
uperlntendent of our Sunday- 

, Kerman, Cal„ Dei 

charge; Bro. I. D. Yoder. clerk; Bro. A. J. 
Sister Emma Yoder. church correspondent. 
man was elected Sunday-ach 
Yoder, superintendent of the 
Mishler, president of our Chri: 

• «... 


presided. Brethri 

: advanced 

council all Sunday-schoi 

and Eld. S. E. Yundt is o 

je, Pomona, Cal., Dec. 16. 
cil Dec. 12. Our elder, Br 
Ikenberry and Stover we 

elder in cha 

eks bags and box- 

Sisters' AM 

Buolc Creek church 
> appointed 


2. Eld. L. L. Teeter 
vere elected for the 
superintendent; the 

nfflcers for our Christian Work- 
Meeting. Our love feast will be held May 22. We are 
rig good interest in our Sunday-school t 


Our elder, Bro. S. T 
mperance and Missi 
report of their worl 

mployed to conduct 
nan presiding. Two 

Fisher, presided. 

We reorganized 

and attention wer 
ur Sunday-school, 


. Christ in bapth- 

rough, which cau 
!io could do so i 


We have Svuulav-.s* 

Monroe County. — Ou 
Henry Bro 
Sunday th: 

rlea of meetings. 

Thanksgiving D: 

baptized. All are your 

UK. — Ann iv M. KaulTman. AV>i I'.mh-. Kails., He.. Ju. 

Hutchinson Mission. — After many calls from Districts ami 
uhk r< -canons to help in the Lord's work, the Spirit's guidance 

shepherd. Incidents during the past two weeks, however, 
lave convinced us that this is a premising ileU. and that God 
las called us here. That Sister Cora Boone, the mission 
worker has been awake to the needs of this field, can be 
seen by attending the Junior Workers' Band, some Sunday 

but when a church door in a city of nineteen 
thousand people is locked over one-half of the time, the 
people can not help but wonder why, since w< 
Gospel, we go at our work in such a cheap i 

yers, we need the help of 
need clothing for the poo 
sick will help i 

i Street, Hutchinson, Kans., 

Hutchinson Mission. — We are In tl 

conducted by Bro. O. H. Feiler, who 

pastor. Last evening, after the refi 

first members" 

Frank Schroll 

The ; 

evival effort. 
we held our 

' Band, which 

Sunday afternoon, has 

i elected Sunday-school superin 
■ Chas. Trotter, superintendent of the home de 
>artment; Sister Alma Tuler, superintendent of the cradh 
■oil. — Cora Boone, Hutchinson. Kans., Dec. 18. 
Maple Grove. — Dec. 11 we met in council, with 

r; Bre. Clarence Bish _ 

; Bro. C. W. Bishop, superintendent; ■ 

agent and correspondent. We decided 

neetings in the spring, 


nducted by Bro. 

gife) and his wife were received by letter. Two letters i 
ttrani.-d to Eld. C. A. Miller and his wife, who leave 
for other fields of labor. Bid. F. R. Smith, of Bethany 1: 
School, Chicago, 111., who expect to move among us in the 

reasurer— H. C. Smith, Waveru. Kan- 
Hagerstown church just closed a ver 

etings, which began Nov. 

feast, which wa: 
i held on this day. was a spiritual one, and the attendant 
large. We expected Bro. H. C. Early, of Virginia, to be wit! 

heads of familit 

> Copper Creek 
Ve reorganized 
We expect to 

I.— F. P. Hostetler, 

oil, with Eld. J. F. 
celved. Bro. Alvin 
Eli Heestand held 
. which closed Dec. 
. Others are near 
re good throughout 

at 7 o'clock. Christmas services will be held in the West Et 

Chapel on Sunday afternoon, Dec. 27, at 2:30. — Gamma 

Krider, 12S E. Washington Street, Hagerstown, Md., Dec. 18. 

Owings Mills.— 

f his family last September, saying he was ill and 

be very 111. At the meetings formerly held in our 
the ministers being supplied by the Mission Board, — he 
i of those who helped to fill the appointments. We had 
our home so often that we became much devoted to 
le did not shun to declare the whole counsel of God. 
. number, upited with the church during the time we 
otings at our house, — a period of fourteen years. Some 
a the church through the preaching of Bro. Renner. 

buried Dec. 18, at Rocky Ridge. Our sympathy goes 
companion and children, who waited 

faithfully during 
Mills. Md., Dec. 18. 

-Joshua Sluller, Owing 


Beech Grove. — Our series of meetings, 
Harvey Snell, began Nov. 26, and closed 

the weather was inclement part of the tfrr 

The second week 

built up spiritually. 
it in baptism, making 

the widow 
i Bro. Davi 
received. Bro. 

S|>. indent 

ing of SI 
R. D. 3. 

■ agent, Bro. Rolland Flory. Bro. Samuel Flory was 
nday-school superintendent, and the writer as corre- 
Two letters of membership were granted. An offer- 
er. L> was taken for general expenses.— Effle Lehman. 

-The Home Mission Board of Northeastern Ohio 

whole relati 

friends, who are nc 
land, Ohio. Send information 
President. Spencer, Ohio, Dec. IS 
West Dayton. — In the absenc 


letter of membership 
appointed to look after the homeless children in this com- 
munity, in behalf of our Orphanage at Fostoria, Ohio. Our 
church and Sunday-school officers were elected for another 
year as follows: Elder, Bro. David Byerly; treasurer, Bro. M. 
Maugans; the writer, clerk, Messenger agent and correspond- 

uperintendent, Hugh 

Iowa, Dec. 17. 
y. The following 

Hugh M-ille: 


elder in charge for 
fall.— Lydia J. Bru 

H. Ca.keri.-e presi 



ilck, chorister 

Enoch Der- 


> George and Bro. Hugh Miller * 

Missionary and Temperance Committee. Bro. J. L. Weav- 
was chosen superintendent of the home department; Arrie 
ler, superintendent of the cradle roll. Brethren .1. L. 
aver and Hugh Miller are our prayer meeting leaders. We 
tings during the winter 
ne, Ohio, Dec. 17. 

Kleplnger, presiding. Several visiting breth- 
i were present. One letter was 
various committees were road, 
progressing. The following ofn- 

■ . 1 1--. ..i Hi- ■■inur- •:v:i h'-l-l In >:«ir •■'■■' umt> — M "■■• Miller. 

R. D. 1, Wolfsburg, Pa.. Dec. IS. 

Eplirata, church met in council Dec. 15. Our elder, Bro. 
David Kilhefner. presided. Bro. Ira Martin was reappointed 
as president of our Temperance Committee, and Bro. Miles 

Elk Bun church met in council Dec. 12, with Eld. W. H. Zigler 
presiding. Two letters of membership were granted. Bro. D. H. 
Smith was reappointed church secretary; Sister Anna Zigler was 
appointed church treasurer; Bro. S. L. Huffman was reelected 
Sunday-school superintendent; the writer, Messenger corre- 
spondent for another year. Bro. C. G. Hesse, of Bridgewater 
College, preached the following Saturday night, and also de- 
livered a missionary sermon on Sunday morning. At our serv- 
ices, on Thanksgiving Day, an offering of $9.60 was taken .for 
the Belgian sufferers. — Sara C. Zigler, Churehville, Va., Dec. 

Troutville.— Eld. C. M. Driver, of Augusta County, Va., be- 
gan a series of meetings at our Trinity house Dec. 6. The 
weather was very inclement, and after preachii 

resumed the work and preached 


more sermo 

ns. As 

preached sc 

sermons while with us. One applie 

! for 



are counting the cost.— C. D. Hylto 

utvllle, Va., 1 


" What 

therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder " 

Marriage notices should be .ccompuuad by BO oante 

r Dallas Cer 
formerly of 
f Dallas Cen 

undersigned, at his reside 

U, Mr. William Ebersoh 
Miss Rachel Garwick, 
>r, Dallas O 


in the Lord" 



in Stm-gis, 


d 8 days. Her 
:ar ShanesvilK 

Ohio. She was married to Isaac Bollman in October, 1857, 
and moved from the oVd Ohio home to Indiana, near Brighton, 
in 1884, where the husband died Sept. 1. 1895. In February, 1903, 
the family came to Sturgls, Mich., where they 1 


; the i 


■ daughters. 
Bollman was 

conducted by Bro. 

iolinger, New Madison, Ohio. Dec. 17. 
Belief on taine. — Sister Josephine Powell, missionary from 
ndia, was with us a few days, and gave an interesting talk 
m India On the evening of Dec. 8 she told us of some of 
Impressed upon us the 

it through fifteen times. Services by her pastor, Bro. 
luel Burger, of Brighton. Interment in the Oak Lawn 
■ etery. — Mrs. Isaac E. Bollman, Sturgls, Mich. 

A. J. Beeghly, R. D. 2, Friedens, Pa. 

N. Dak., died Dec. 12, 1914, aged 14 
days. He united with 

Brethren Aug. 3, 

suddenly. Having 
Services by the writer in the Congregational church 

D. 1, Obe: 


1 by R 

. link. 

R2!>, .lied : 

: Cummingt 
Abraham Goodwin, a 


Fayette County, W. Va. Ten children 

daughter, Mrs. Vancll, at Bridgeport, un 

Her husband died 

Sister Comer and "her husband united 

ith the Church of the Brethren forty-five years ago, in 

; McKlnley 
Bro. A. L. 1 
om adjoinln 

weeks prior I 



. visit I 

Bridgeport, after 



Isaac Kauffrnan, clerk; Bro. Enoch Derrick 

Verna Bowser, solicitor; Sister Myrtle 

writer ■ r.rrespondent and Messenger agent. 

rick is our Sunday-school superintendent, and Sister Emma 

rorrell Is president of the cradle roll. Sister Verna Bowser is 

president of the Christian Workers' Society, i with Sister Etta 

iecretary and 
it, Bro. Ora 
Walter Holler 

L. Kleplnger; 

hurch by 

Edwards, Sister Ellen Jane, net 
in Rush County, Ind., died Dec. 
the bo'unds of the Scott Valley i 



added to the 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 2, 1915. 

aithfully. Services by Eld. C. 

Sister Elliott 
* early age of thirteen . 

Princeton, Kans. Text. Rev! 

daughter preceded her mot) 
e Church of the Brethren i 

-K. P. 

: Martin, Gn 

t Co, 

died Nov. 23, 19 
Blllmeyer. Martin, W. Va„ from the effects 6f 
^>f the brain. Bro. George had been complaining for 
taken to his old home, with the hope 
but he only lived a few days after arriving 

of gettlni 

there. Bro. George moved 

his wife united with the church in NovJml^r, 

) this city In April, 1912. He i 

. kin. I i 

".'NiliM vured to lead i 

Gamma L. Kri< 

Bro. Marvli 

47 years, 5 months and 

and Mrs. Jonathan Fortney. 

1JS !■;. Wellington Street, Hagorstown 
*r Hettle E„ died at the home of her 
n New Cumberland, Pa., Dec. 4, 1914, 
a daughter oi 

operated on, but it was st 

be done to save her life. When the death s 

was ready and willing to go. Five children 

died Nov. 29, 

She had bee: 

the Harrlsburg hospital to be 
it nothing could 

i 1SS0, and to his late residence In California in 1903, 
a died. He was a member of the Church of the Breth- 
•-flve years, and was elected to the ministry three 
fter uniting with the church. He was an elder for 
n years. Sister Harnish preceded him to the spirit 
:ven years. — D. R. Holslnger, La ton, Cal. 
, Sister Anna Victoria, widow of Andrew Harsh, died 

general debility 

with the Church of tr 
( a consistent Christian 1 
Mrs. G. H. Sprecher, with 

days. Sister 

she had her 

Services in St. Paul's 

Spring, by Eld. Harvey Martin. Text, Zech..l4: 7 
in cemetery adjoining. — M. Portia Rowland, Fair- 

of Henry Heaston, April 25, 

the Church of the Brethren, 
eleven o'clock on Sunday night. On hearing of I 
granddaughter died on Monday night 

, five daughters i 

. Wike, 661 Clin 

mother died April 19, 1905, after which he 
the home of his uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mr 
The last Ave years of his life he was an invt 

His companion, ^ 

. C. Garland. — 

congregation, Lancaster Co., 

: nays. She united - 

i by Eld. David Kilhefner and 1 
ext, 2 Tim. 4: 6-8.— J. M. Neff, Ephrata, i 
leorge, born Dec. 25, 1836, died Dec. 10, 1 
. months and '15 days. He was first 

i Hannah Shoemaker. This union, i 
ren. After a few s" 

md children died. 
Teegarden. This 

d one daughter preceded him in death. In early manhood 
united with the Church of the Brethren in the Reading 
ngregation, and ever kept the 

h. — Rena Heestand, Moul- 

W fiddle, Bro. 

<rn in Floyd County, 

ins and three daug,htei 
& him. He ■ 
tbout fifty y« 

the Topeka < 

N. Hylton. 

member of the ' 

14. Intermen 

Text, 1 Thess. 4: 13", 

Wfcetzel, Bro. Person, born April 12, 1850, died 1 


, aged 80 3 

i days. Oct. 

marriage to Catharine Wari 
3 son were born to this union, /who 
Brethren church in Potsdam, Ohio, 
Interment In the cemetery near by. 

Feb. ' 17, 1842, died near Bradford, 
13, 1914, aged 72 years, 6 months and 26 ^ays. 
>, he married Mary Ann Stoner. This union was 
four daughters and four 

• brother. Servici 

t the 

j Creek church 

l.y Brethren J. H. Christian and S. S. Porter. 1 
the Harris Creek cemetery.— S. A. Overholser, R. 
ville, Ohio. 


By J*oot> i^ixxii*. 

The subject treated in mm book Is one which, 
more than any other, vltr ily concerns the civilised 
nations of the world, and the Interest In It la 
growing. It Is Important that the people be In- 
telligent on this subject. All need to know Just 
the things that are herein given. The following 
■ubjects are taken up: 

The Causes of War, The Evlle of War, The 
Coat of War, A Brief History of the Peace Move- 
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The Mission Board Meeting ■••;; » ™ e r j theri 

31 A Glance Into 1915, „ Pl0 „ ant Drove.— O 

Not a I, I Imrrli I I '. 1- M. . . .. ■■ • Bro j A , 

Annual Mi.ln.;; nn.l Mi 10I.1 y-srliool bMltua ,,.;;.,.,.. ,,] r,,r tlio 

The General K.n,..,. ,.,,,! Board i:::::":: 10 "a™so„ool, with Bro. 

j A CommiMuUilile Surpiise Party • 1Q A Miller \v:>s Herb' 

»wa,— „ L HuntiilgaS. church a met in council early In December. 

J New Year (Poem). By B. F. M. Sours 2 cers for churCn and Sunday-school 

s The Lesson of the War in Europe- ^ will be installed Jan. 3. Our Bible 

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I ' _ ._ ' . Mifflin Street. Huntingdon, Pa. 

The Bound Table,— wll church met ln council 

Mission Work in Mlddl, lV""sy>v»"' ; ._- L.. ; -m, rilomi ' presi(]Pd . Four letter 

baugh. Excuses.— J. P. (.rayl-lll. A 1 eLIUnn. v\ i j . ch urch officers were elec 

Leo Lillian George. Decently Dressed. — S. /-.. boaip. mi om was again chosen as o- 

Sunday-school Lesson for Jan. 10. 191& was cnose „ clerk. Bro. H. i 

Home and Family, — writer, correspondent. We als 

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FronUer Settler of the West.— S. S. Neher 7 Flora " 

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held i 

begins Jan. 8, 

hool Christmas 


-Eleanor .1. Druinhaugh, 170(1 


ganized our Sunday-school, 
superintendent, and Sister 
ilia Berger was reelected 
s' Society for the coming 
forward to the coming .of our 

' Notes from Our Correspondents. 

(Concluded from Page 13.) 
Gelb and Bro. Wm. Dubble, of Richland, and 

lily,- of Peabody, 
ers already elected. 

iley, Colo., 

Lelsey. Maggie Royer I 
-Mary M. Reber, 

East Berlin Sun. lay-: 

B ueu a Vista 

Gettle, of Myerst.iwn 

reelected su peri u tend ei 
Ve decided to lipid a lo' 

1 through a great splrlt- 

he tenth annual Sunday-school Convention of South- 
Idaho convened at the Boise Valley church. The 
ened at 10 A. M. by Eld, J. E. Shamberger. 

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David Be 


Ok the 

ined until Dec. 6. He preached t 
j the union Thanksgiving sermon 
On Thanksgiving evening we h 

..ell attended. _ - 
■, and explained the doctrines peculiar 
members were greatly revived. Many 
and tried to follow Jesus more 
baptized, three restored, and many 

irking nicely, and everything is pros- 
-Gernle Chittum, Buena Vista, Va„ 

C. S. Ikenberry, of Daleville, 

follows: Bro. 

egation. Twenty ' 

of Clifton Forj 

: by 1 

We thank 
Daleville congregation 
inks to the Father " who glveth 
, Selma, Va., Dec. 20. 

Oast Wenatohee. — We met in council Dec. 
of importan 

. church. Selma 
rrow and extend 

nunlty at 

v til. 

.vill be 

returned mlsslo; 

stereoptlcon lecture. On Sunday morning, at the close I 
Sunday-school, Sister Hilton talked to the children aboi 
Sunday-school in China, after which Bro. .Hilton gave 
' inspiring sermon on " Prayer." On Sunday night he si 
his curios, talking about them In a very interesting nr 
Our series of meetings will begin Jan. 3, to be conduct 
Bro. A C. Root, of Seattle, Wash.— Mrs. L. J. Sellers, 
Wenatchee, Wash., Dec 
Stiveraon church me 
presiding. We elected 

The new officers, elected by the delegate body, were as 
follows: Bro. J. E. Shamberger, of Fruitland, President; 
Bro. C. A. Williams, of Bowmont, Vice-president; Bro. 
Harvey Hostetler, of Fruitland, Secretary; Bro. Roy 
Rhodes, of Boise Valley, Treasurer and Timekeeper. The 
topics of the morning session were ably discussed, al- 
though a number of the speakers had to be substituted 
for those that were absent. 

During the noon hour we partook of a sumptuous basket 
dinner. After a short song service the meeting again 
convened. The questions, with their one-minute answers, 
were interesting and instructive. The other two topics 
of the afternoon session were discussed with great inter- 
est, both by the individual speakers and also' in general. 
We then listened to the report of the gleaners, by Bro. 
S. A. Rhodes, which was a general review of the day's 
work, and beneficial to all. 

The report of the delegates was then given. Bro. S. 
A. Rhodes, of Boise Valley, Bro. A. L. Gorham, of Pay- 
ette, and Sister Daisy Yant, of Nampa, were elected as 
the next Program Committee. Nampa was chosen as the 
place to hold our next convention. The Treasurer's re- 
port was read and accepted. There is a balance of $3.27 
on hand. A collection of $9.50 was taken up for World- 
wide Missions. It was moved and passed that the Pro- 
gram Committee be authorized to provide blanks for the 
delegates, to report at the next meeting. It was also de- 
cided that we change our rules, and have the roll call of 
the delegates preceding the reorganization. It was de- 
cided to send a copy of the Secretary's report, and also 
a condensed form of the gleaners' work to the Gospel 
Messenger. Harvey^ Hostetler, Secretary. 

Nampa, Idaho, Nov. 26. 

ell Dec. 19, with Bro. Wagner 

h officers for the coming year. 

In Charge; Bro. Wright Dean, 

it Sunday-school was 

>. A. J. Milter, one of our home minister; 
,veeks' series of meetings, which proved 


reorganized, with Bro. 

and teacher-training class. We greatly miss two of our 
workers who are attending the Bible School at Seattle. We 
<.-■<• In need of more workers. There is a large unworked 
field here, and plenty to do. We are planning a special Christ- 
mas program, to be given on Christmas night. The writer 
was chosen church correspondent. — Caddie Wagner, Laurel, 

East I.oa Angeles. — The revival services, conducted by Bro. 
E. 3. Young, closed Dec. 20. They were a spiritual feast to 
this congregation. Last evening we held our 

and encouraging, 
port was delayed th: 
Eld. H. B. Martin wa; 
the Hutchinson Missio 
ters of membership. T 
and two were granted. 
before the i 
We have 

-e held our council, but our re- 
h a slight misunderstanding 
charge. Bro". O. H. -Feller, oi 

r as with us, and presented let- 

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derable business i 
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ian Workers' Band, v 
Rexroad as presidents, 

Sunday.— Mrs. J. Z. Gilbert, 3300 Grim 
Cal., Dec. 27. 

Stonerstown.— On Sunday evening, 
series of meetings, conducted by Bro J, 
Va. At the close of this revival nlnel 
are yet to be baptized. The meetings ^ 
The large audiences, each evening, we 
love feast on Sunday evening was th 
had.— S. Rltcl 

. we close's a 
is, of Staunton, 
! baptized; two 
■ well attended. 

Sister Sina Keckler and Mi 
few of our members live some distance from here, and, 
being debarred from regular services, need encourage- 
ment. The elder and clerk were instructed to correspond 
with them. 

The election of officers for the ensuing year is as fol- 
lows: Bro. H. B. Martin was chosen elder; Bro. J. H. 
Showalter, treasurer; Bro. Wilmer Keedy, clerk and also 
trustee for three years; Sister Mary Finfrock, Messenger 
agent; Bro. J. F Showalter, solicitor and. superintendent; 
Bro. Glenn Finfrock, secretary. Brethren Scott Emmert 
and A. J. Miller were elected choristers. Bro. Ray Rex- 
road is our solicitor for the Old Folks"Home. Here- 

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Belgian relief cohectic 
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Child Rescue work. I 
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as corresponding secretary. Our 
i was $32. On Thanksgiving Day 
:urned over to Bro. E. E. John for 
o. A. B. Lichtenwalter was here in 
ssion. Bro. Ellis Studebaker will 
:>f Dec. 23>o begin a term of Bible 
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The Gospel Messenger 


Vol. 64. 

Elgin, 111., January 9, 1915. 


Skill of the Ancients. 
That the early Egyptians had attained a most remark- 
able skill in many of the arts and sciences, usually at- 
tributed to more modern times, was revealed by recent 
excavations near the ancient city of Antinoe, Egypt. To 
the surprise of the archaeologist, a number of well and 
neatly-made shoes, boots, sandals, socks, and other forms 
of footwear, were found, strikingly similar to the styles 
in vogue at present. In addition to these, the collection 
includes a scrubbing brush, various ingenious toys, intri- 
cate dentists' instruments, lamps, and various other ar- 
ticles. Further explorations in that vicinity are expected 
to yield many other interesting discoveries. The old- 
time Egyptian was undoubtedly possessed of rare skill 
and artistic taste, far superior to his latter day descendants. 

Our National Waste. 
Director Joseph A. Holmes, of the United States 
Bureau of Mines,! has been looking into methods of min- 
ing and manufacturing, and declares that there is a pro- 
digious waste of coal, iron, copper, etc., in the process of 
mining, and marketing the finished product. He main- 
tains that of 600,000,000 tons of coal, only 300,000,000 tons 
reach the consumer, and that, by proper methods, two- 
thirds of the apparent waste might be utilized. He claims 
that a total of fully a million dollars' worth of minerals per 
day is absolutely wasted. Deplorable as this waste of 
the nation's resources may appear to be, still worse is 
the prodigality that characterizes the life of the average 
individual. Who can estimate the appalling waste of 
time, of talents, of opportunity, of means, etc., that might, 
if properly conserved, be productive of untold good? 

Fitting the Indian for Citizenship. 
Secretary Lane, of the Interior Department, is strongly 
urging that the Indians of our land should not perma- 
nently remain wards of our Government, but should grad- 
ually be led into the privileges of full and free American 
citizenship. The secretary suggests that the nation's sense 
of justice and fairness should not allow us to cast out the 
Indian upon the world unprepared, but that he should be 
fully fitted for the day when he will become a free citizen. 
That in bygone years the real advancement of the Red 
Man has been retarded by various causes, — chiefly corrupt 
politicians who were supposed properly to administer af- 
fairs at the Indian agencies, — is not to be doubted. It is 
but fair that. full reparation be made. Then, too, the 
Christian forces of our land should safeguard the religious 
interests of the Indians more effectually than formerly. 

War and Strong Drink. 

There have been times when the various lands of earth 
considered liquor as being absolutely essential to the 
highest demands of efficiency. That period has passed 
away, never to return. Lord Kitchener, in command of 
England's army, recently issued this emphatic order: " No 
presents of cases of wine or spirits can be accepted for 
the troops at the front, and no consignments of this na- 
ture will be forwarded to them." Germany is enforcing 
an absolute prohibition of alcoholic stimulants among 
army men. France has ruled out all the more injurious 
liquors. Most remarkable of all prohibitory measures, 
however, is Russia's radical elimination of alcoholic 
drinks, — according to latest reports the most complete 
total abstinence measure in the world. As an object les- 
son of prohibition that actually prohibits, it stands un- 

Science and Human Life. 

At the recent Annual Meeting of the American Associa- 
tion for the Advancement of Science, in Philadelphia, Pa., 
it was clearly shown that struggles of importance to the 
human race are being fought in the arena of research, — 
battles that are vastly superior to those in the European 
fields of war. Scientists, as warriors in the great conflict 
to overcome the thousand and one ailments to which 
human flesh is heir, struggle most heroically to gain the 
day. One of the speakers said: "It is tragic that more 
than a million of men should have perished in battle dur- 
ing (he last five months of 1914, but it is just as tragic 
that a million and a half of men,>omen, and children 
should have died from preventable' causes in 1914 in the 
United States, and that about three and a half millions 
should be on the sick list all the\ time. Good authority 
tells us that over forty per cent of bjir annual toll of death 
and suffering by reason of disease^ is needless." It 

No. 2. 

readily seen, therefore, that 
are still needed, and are sure 
it not be forgotten, however 

need of protection against dis 

ual realm. Many who fall by the way 
destruction, might be con 
happiness beyond, if the 
act of loving-kindness. 

esearch and investigation 
o yield good results. Let 
:hat there is even greater 
id decay in the spirit- 
vay, and go down to 
d for activity and a life of 

A Good Recipe for Happiness. 
As to whether the current year will be a happy one, will 
depend very much upon the individual's own initiative, 
and his fixed determination to make the best of his en- 
vironments, no matter how untoward they may appear to 
be. Dr. Charles G. Baker, family physician to former 
President Wm. H. Taft, suggests the following five 
maxims: " (1) Look on the bright side of all experiences, 
excepting the experience of sin. (2) Accept cheerfully 
your place in life, believing that it is the best place for 
you. (3) Throw your whole soul and spirit into your 
work, and do the best you can. (4) Do a deed of kindness 
every day. (5) Maintain a childlike faith in God, your 
Father." The doctor declares that the use of his pre- 
scription, faithfully adhered to for even three months only, 
would make everyone happier, as well as more efficient 
physically. It's worth trying. 

How the Oriental Views Militarism. 
With deep humiliation the Christian 
heathen lands must submit to the severe arraignment of 
the Oriental world, because the European slaughter lias, 
to the heathen, apparently demonstrated that the go.d of 
battles rather than the God of love rules the hearts of 
so-called Christian nations. A Tokyo, Japan, newspaper 
thus rises in judgment against Christian countries: "It 
is well that missionaries and supporters of Christian mis- 
sions to the 'heathen' should know that the Oriental 
mind now defines Christianity as battleships, cannons, 
and rifles, devised and constructed for the plunder of the 
earth. The bleeding figure on the cross, which mission- 
aries hold up to the view of the heathen people, gets 
blurred, for on their horizon there is seen the^ figure of 
the armed soldiers, threatening, 'Your country or your 
life.'" What a picture! And how huniiliatingi 

The Great War. 
Chief of the recent events in the European battle arena 
is the loss of the British battleship " Formidable," which 
is supposed to have been sunk by a German submarine, 
entailing a loss of probably six hundred of Great Britain's 
best defenders. Appalling as this and like losses arc, they 

ants, and at this writing it begins to look as if there would 
be no cessation of hostilities until after exhaustion of 
one side or the other terminates the woeful struggle. On 
the Western battle line the French report slight gains in 
Alsace, and the occupation of Steinbach. In the East 
both sides report gains. Concerning the unlawful deten- 
tion of American trading vessels by British cruisers, 
strong representations have been made by the Washington 
authorities to Great Britain, and it is hoped that the matter 
may be adjusted to the general satisfaction of all con- 

A Commendable Plan. 
We have referred, in previous issues, to the decidedly 
practical educational methods, originated by Mr. William 
Wirt, superintendent of schools at Gary, Ind. Of chief 
value to church people in general is his provision for the 
religious instruction of children. By his plan each child 
is allowed to indicate its preference for religious training 
m any of the churches. In accordance therewith, the 
pupils are sent regularly, at a certain hour agreed upon, 
to the churches selected, for. an hour's instruction during 
the school period. Records of attendance are kept by 
the instructors, and, later on, incorporated in the school 
records. Absences from the period of religious training 
are only allowed upon written request of the parents. 
While, at present, only one hour a week is apportioned to 
the religious work. Professor Wirt is perfectly willing to 
assign an hour daily to the training, providing the churches 
come up to the standard demanded. It would seem that 
the chief hindrance to the successful extension of the 
plan is the inability of the churches, properly to utilize 
the marvelous opportunity within their reach. There is 
no reason whatever why, by the concerted effort of school 
people, a similar movement might not be inaugurated in 
practically every community, — especially in smaller cities 

Wisdom of " Bridling the Tongue." 
We are told how, four years ago, a citizen of Shelby- 
ville, Ind., annoyed by the youthful indiscretions of his 
son, ordered him to leave home, never to return. After 
more than three years of sober reflection, the father, now 
seventy years of age, bitterly regretted his hasty action. 
Paternal affection prompted him to start on a world tour, 
in the hope of finding his son and bringing him back to 
the old home. For months he traveled, visiting nearly 
every large city in the United States and Europe, and 
spending a large share of his possessions. No trace of 
the wanderer, however, could be found, and the aged fa- 
ther returned to his diome weary and broken in health. 
The incident is but another example of the truthfulness 
of the Bible precept which urges all to "bridle the 
tongue," thus saving a world of sorrow, a harvest of woe 

in later years. 

A Century of Peace. 
It is planned to commemorate, most appropriately, the 
peaceful relations that, for a hundred years, have prevailed 
among English-speaking peoples. Undefended and unfor- 
tified, the border line between the United States and 
Canada stretches for four thousand miles across the con- 
tinent, but no clash of arms has disturbed the serenity 
and cordiality of these countries since the signing of the 
treaty of peace at Ghent Dec. 25, 1814. The American 
Peace Centenary Committee, in charge of the matter, 
now suggests that suitable exercises be held in the 
churches of all denominations of our land Feb. 14, and that 
formal addresses be delivered at the capitals of the 
respective States Feb. 17 and 18,— the dates of the ratifi- 
cation and proclamation of the treaty. It is doubtles^ 
right and proper thus to commemorate this notable era 
of peace, in the hope that the influence thus wielded, 
may be conducive to the best results. 

Decreasing Hours of Labor. 
Many of our readers, perhaps, can readily remember the 
days when the average mechanic worked ten hours or 
more per day. With the gradual reduction of hours we 
have finally arrived at the eight-hour day. Far from be- 
ing satisfied, however, the workers are now making a 
strong move for a six-hour day. Should that be gained, 
the next step will doubtless be the four-hour day, and 
so on, until the hours will be few indeed, though the wages 
might still be high. It occurs to us that there are two 
sides to this question of shorter hours. Leisure, to a 
certain extent, is desirable, but an excess of it does peo- 
ple more harm than good, unless they employ it profitably. 
Then, too, it should be remembered that a reasonable 
amount of work is a blessing to the human race, if done 
for the best interests of all concerned. Edison, the mar- 
velous inventor, works sixteen hours, or more, per day, 
and wishes he could do more. Perhaps most people may 
well revise their ideas on this matter,— not insisting on the 
fewest hours possible, but doing their work faithfully 
and well, whatever the hours. 

Testaments for the Soldiers. 

been started by the World's Sunday 
School Association to raise a million nickels from a mil- 
lion Sunday-school scholars, to purchase a million Testa- 
ments for a million soldiers in European hospitals, prison- 
camps, and battlefields. The enterprise has already met 
with a most enthusiastic response, — sufficient to insure its 
success. While one could not possibly confer a greater 
blessing upon the struggling warriors of Europe than to 
give them the Book that conta s Heaven's Message of 
peace and good will to man, i e are, nevertheless, im- 
pressed with the most unfortunate situation in which our 
nation finds itself at present, concerning such a move. 
To place boxes upon boxes of these Testaments in the 
hold of a transatlantic steamer, and in the same or some 
other vessel a far larger shipment of rifles, gunpowder, 
and ammunition in general, seems grossly inconsistent, to 
say the least. Some things can be justified or reconciled 
fairly well, but no person of rational mind can possibly 
demonstrate the consistency of shipping a million copies 
of the Word of Life, while the commercial interests of 
our nation, through the various powder factories and 
armament concerns, cause the fighting nations of Europe 
to become still more amply supplied with "the sinews of 
war." It may be "good business" for dealers in our land 
to sell war supplies for the money there is in it. but in 
the day of judgment a reckoning will be required from 
those who assisted in causing thousands of precious lives 
to be needlessly sacrificed, the many mutilated men, the 
many widows and orphans. No nation can serve the 
"Prince of P/^e " and the "god of war." 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 



A Grace for the New Year. 

Lord, for what wc 

I earned and loved, 
l m 

no loss; 
id strife. 

es, and fe 
For tile joy and stress 
All that truly counts as life; 
For the kindness and the grace 
I hi ...ill friendly human face; 
For a larger trust in thee, — 
May wc truly thankful be! 
And for what, if we should live. 
We are going to receive; 
For the rapture and the pain 
Certain In he ours again; 
For the future, still unseen, 
And the veil that hangs betwec 
For the knowledge all is right, 
Though the darkness hide the I 
Though death himself should d 
Make us truly thankful, Lord. 

The Prayer Veil. 


1 Cor. 11: 2-16 (Am. R. V.). 

1 Introduction to Chapter. Verse 2. Paul praises the 

' Corinthian church wherein they had been faithful. 

II. The Universal Order of Headship. Verses 3-1-. 

1. The Statement of It. Verse 3. 
ill God. the ,,( i hrist. 

(2) Christ, the Head of Every Man. 

(3) Man. the Head of Woman. 

2. The Practical Demands Growing out of This Or- 
der of Headship. Verses 4 and 5a. 

(1) For the Man. 

(2) For the Woman. 

3. Reasons Why These Practical 
out of the Order of Headship. 
ill A Shame for the Woman 

having anything on his head, dishonoreth his head." 
The word " covered " is not in the original Greek. 
The expression means that anything upon a man's 
head during prayer or prophecy is entirely out of 
place. The natural conclusion would be that at other 
times he may wear something or not, just as he 
chooses. In the same way the conclusion is reached 
that as for woman she is to have her head veiled dur- 
ing prayer vjr prophecy. 

We all know what is meant by praying. As for 
prophesying, the best definition we can find is in the 
same epistle, where, in 14: 3. Paul says, "He that 
prophesieth speaketh unto men to edification, and ex- 
hortation, and consolation." The term here would in- 
clude preaching, teaching, speaking in prayer meet- 
ing, etc. 

Verse 10 reads : " For this cause ought the woman 
to hawe a sign of authority on her head, because of the 
angels." This expression causes some questions to 
arise, some of which can be at least partly answered 
by a study of a few texts that indicate the character 
and work of angels. 

Heb. 1 : 14: " Are they (angels as in verse 13) not 
not all ministering spirits, sent forth to do service for 
the sake of them that shall inherit salvation? " Matt. 
18: 10: " See that ye despise not one of these little 
ones: for I say unto you, that in heaven their angels 
do always behold the face of my Father who is in 
heaven." We are here told that to these heavenly 
beings is committed a ministration in behalf of the 
saints, and, furthermore, that these beings are con- 
tinually in the presence of the Heavenly Father. 

Matt. 24: 26: " But of that day and hour ki 

s 5b-10. 

r 5b and 6. 

21 A 

Whose Glory in Creation. Verse 7.' 
Since man is the image and glory of God, 
therefore he ought not to have his head 
veiled; but since woman is the glory of man, 
it would follow that she ought to have her 
head veiled. 

(3) The Origin in Creation. Verse 8. 

(4) The Purpose in Creation. Verse 9. 

(5) Because of the Angels. Verse 10. 

4. The Interrelation and Place of Man and Woman. 

Verses 11 and 12. A corrective against any false 

conclusions that prejudiced men might try to draw 

from Paul's former statements.' 

Ill The Teaching as Based upon Natural Inclinations. 

Verses 11-15. 

1. Through Reason and Judgment as to Fitness. 
Verse 13. If left to an unbiased good judgment, 
it certainly would be considered unbecoming for a 
woman to pray to God unveiled. 

2. The Teaching of Nature. Verses 14 and 15. Doth 
not even nature itself teach you: 

(1) That, if a man have long hair, it is a dishonor 


(2) But if a 

have lo 


IV. The C 

i Teaches Woman; " For her hair 

is given her for a covering." Note— In the 
original Greek the word for " covering " 
here (peribolaion) is entirely different from 
the word (katakaluptomai), from which we 
get " veiled " or '' unveiled " in verses 5, 6, 
7 and 13. 
nclusion. Verse 16. 

The arguments used by Paul here, as growing out 
of " The Universal Order of Headship," are based 
upon the creation. Man was made in the image of 
God in the creation (Gen. 1 : 26). Woman became 
the glory of man when she was made. Verse 8 refers 
to the creation, when God took a rib from Adam and 
made a woman (Gen. 2: 21, 22). Verse 9 refers to 
the fact that in the creation Adam was not made for 
the woman, for he was made first. Man needed a 
companion, and thus the woman was created for the 
man (Gen. 2: 20-22). There is no expression in the 
entire passage that would indicate that Paul's argu- 
ments are based upon the fall. 

Verse 4 would be more nearly a literal translation 
if it were to read. " Every man praying or prophesying. 


ngels of h( 

:ither the 

Son, but the Father only." 1 Cor. 4:9:" For, I think. 
God hath set forth us the apostles last of all, as men 
doomed to death : for we are made a spectacle unto the 
world, both to angels and men." 1 Peter 1: 12: "To 
whom (the prophets in verse 10) it was revealedrthat 
not unto themselves, but unto you, did they minister 
these things, which now have been announced unto 
you through them that preached the Gospel unto you 
by the Holy Spirit sent forth from heaven; which 
things angels desire to look into." It is clear that the 
times of certain events, within the Father's knowledge, 
are hidden from angels. The fact that Paul's hard- 
ships and sufferings made him a spectacle to angels, 
indicates that these heavenly spectators are not able to 
fathom all things. Their desire to look into things 
pertaining to the Gospel is also an evidence that their 
knowledge is limited. Hence we must conclude that 
angels do not know all things. 

Rev. 8: 3-5 gives us a picture of heaven under the 
guise of the service of the tabernacle in the wilder- 
ness, and clearly indicates that angels have something 
to do with the prayers of the saints. It is because of 
these angels that Paul says a woman ought to have 
a sign of authority on her head. 

A sign becomes such when it has been agreed on 
by the proper authority. The scripture has not given 
us the exact form of this^ign, other than to call it a 
veil. How r ever, when the church is gathered together 
in the name of Christ, to advance his kingdom and to 
Garry out this command in harmony with the Gospel, 
it has the authority to agree upon what the sign shall 

Verses 13-15 admit of some thought. Judgment is 
appealed to. Even nature teaches the proper length 
of the hair, by implanting, in woman, a natural in- 
stinct to let her hair grow long, while in man the op- 
posite is true. On the basis of nature's teaching, as 
to the fitness of long hair for a woman, judgment 
should teach the fitness of a veiled head in time of 
prayer. Tertullian, who lived 145-220 A. D., con- 
cluded that the amount of the bead covered by the 
hair was an indication of the proper size of the arti- 
ficial covering. (See on the "Apparel of -Women," 
Chapter XVII.) 

The apostle closes bis work on this subject with the 
statement that " if any man seemeth to be contentious 
(or contrary, taking an opposite stand), we have no 
such custom, neither the churches of God." Customs 
are man-made. That which Paul is upholding is 
clearly understood by him to be from God. The cus- 

tom referred to, whether it be " no such custom as 
these contrary ones are contending for," " no such 
custom as women praying to God unveiled," or even 
" no such custom as contentious people having their 
own way," would, after all, mean the man-made prac- 
tice against which Paul is arguing. 

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1: 14)? 

" He shall give his angels charge over thee to keep 
thee ill all thy ways" (Psa. 91: 11). 

The word " angel " is translated from a word 
meaning " messenger." Angels are supernatural be- 
ings, whose work is not the same as that of the Holy 
Spirit. They are actual beings; they ate with Abra- 
ham ; took Lot by the hand ; accepted hospitality ; re- 
fused worship. They are a company; they do not 
marry ; some are good and some are bad. 

The: Lord was led by the Spirit, taught by the Spirit, 
filled with the Spirit; but was fed by angels, defended 
by angels, strengthened by angels. 

Their duties are various, such as instruction, warn- 
ing, punishment, protection, strengthening, comfort- 
ing, delivering, guardianship, call to praise. 

They guide: " But an angel of the Lord spake unto 
Philip, saying, Arise, and go toward the south. . . . 
And the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thy- 
self to this chariot" (Acts 8: 26-29). 

An angel helped Elijah when he hungered (J Kings 
19: 7). They ministered to our Lord in his weak- 
ness (Matt. 4: 11). 

They defended Daniel in the lions' den. And the 
guardian angels behold the face of our Father (Matt. 
IS: 10). 

The)' watch over the church, " For, I think, God 
hath set forth us the apostles last of all, as men 
doomed to death: for we are made a spectacle unto 
the world, both to angels and to men " (1 Cor. 4:9). 

They have charge of the dead, as seen in Luke 16: 
22, " And it came to pass that the beggar died, and 
that he was carried away by angels into Abraham's 
bosom." In Luke 24: 4, 23 they had charge of the 
grave of the Lord. 

They shall accompany the Lord at his coming again 
(Mark 8: 38). 

They shall be executors of judgment (Matt. 13: 
41-42) : " The Son of man shall send forth his angels, 
and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things 
that cause stumbling, and them that do iniquity, and 
shall cast them into the furnace of fire." 

The Scriptures nowhere tell us we shall be angels 
except that we shall be as the angels in not being 
married (Matt. 22: 30). 

An ancient Catholic council decided that the Sera- 
phim of Isaiah 6, and the Cherubim of Ezekiel 9 and 
10 are angels, hence the wings in our paintings of 
■angels. But these heavenly messengers are not angels, 
and the Bible tells us nowhere that angels have wings. 

The Scripture teaches that we shall be as the Lord, 
and in the second chapter of Hebrews we read that 
he was made a little lower than the angels, . . . 
but crowned with glory and honor. 

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An Open Bible and the Second Dispensation. 


First of all, let us, get the true bearings. There is 
one God, one Lord Jesus Christ, one Holy Spirit, and 
these are supreme in this one universe. On the other 
hand, there is one Satan, or Lucifer, whose spirit is 
forcing itself into human lives. Satan is " the god 
of this world " (2 Cor. 4: 4). Now every man is either 
under the control of the one True God or under the 
control of the one false god. The latter is a usurper, 
a breaker into the field (human family) of God.' He 
never bought any man. but is a dangerous squatter in 
God's field. He is tare-sower, and a tare-grower. 

Whatever is not' spoken of God in the Bible, is 
spoken of Satan. He offered Jesus the kingdoms of 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 9, 1915. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 


this world, or age, and their glory, for a " fall down " 
and some worship. Jesus, being tested at all points, 
resisted, and bought all men, and whatever is in the 
sea, in the air and on the land. But not all that are on 
the land accept this purchase. 

Now it is clearly evident that the "god of this 
world," known also as " the prince of the power of the 
air," has organized all the forces that are not organized 
by Jesus' Christ. It is further evident, from the tes- 
timon ' of Christ and his Father, that all his people 
came and do come by regeneration, and that who- 
soever does not come by this process, is still under the 
" god of this world," whether learned or unlettered. 
God is no respecter of persons, but insists upon heart- 

As a further proposition and truth, God turned over 
'the government of man to man, and with this respon- 
sibility, God gave grace for man to operate human 
government in a manner that national blessings might 
follow the ruling. Now, in these articles we shall see 
how man has operated human government, whether 
he made a success or a failure, whether man pre- 
served divine principles or spoiled them. The issue is 
a clear one, so let us read and understand true condi- 

It is equally clear that Satan operates as a personal 
being by the most plausible intelligence, — by false 
science, false philosophy, and false beliefs. He does 
not begin with drunkenness, with prostitutions, with 
business frauds or indecencies, with murder, with 
theft, with faggots and fires, but with falsehood, false 
philosophy, and false worship. He knew that " God 
hath said," but made it plausible to Eve that God 
Almighty is so good that he did not mean "Ye shall 
not eat, lest ye die." Satan said, " Ye shall not surely 
die." He took out God's "not eat" and put in his 
" not surely die," and Eve thought that to be 
" like " gods, and to know " good and evil," was so 
great an education that -God would not let her die. 
Satan's false reasoning • and his plausible argument 
' won the day, and thus God's grace was s-poiled. 

And so it is yet. False philosophies and false argu- 
ments get hearings from man, .and Satan's plausible 
reasonings are received as " new thought," " Christian 
science," hypotheses, and the long train of "good and 
evil " mixtures." Out of these plausible teachings, 
once accepted, grow prostitutions, drunkenness, thefts, 
lies, frauds in business, unprofitable dramas, demoral- 
izing shows, gamblings, pride and haughtiness, and all 
the long train of degeneracies. Once Satan gets the 
intellect and the heart, what does he care about the 
low and vicious evils that are sure to follow? Satan 
is hard at work on the church. Perhaps we can some- 
time take a fair look at his operations in the Church 
of the Brethren. 

After Adam was debarred from Eden, God turned 
over the government of man ^ man in the way of 
conscience. This conscience-power was put in the 
man. The term arises from scire, " to know," and con, 
" together with," meaning internal self-knowledge,— 
power or principle to determine the lawfulness or un- 
lawfulness of an act or affection. The Holy Spirit, by 
Paul, says of this "conscience" government at that 
period, in Rom. 2: 14, 15, as being the power "to 
accuse or excuse one another." There seems to have 
been a great deal of excusing one another, as in this 

da y- „ , ■ .. 

After Adam and Eve lost their glory-covenng 
and found nakedness, conscience began to operate 
freely, and thus conscience was transferred to all their 
posterity. Their eyes were opened and a knowledge 
of evil came upon them. Dress for the body now be- 
came a necessity. It belonged to toil. It was ex- 
pressive of sin in the flesh. Out of this necessity has 
grown a tremendous evil —veritable idolatry in 

As time moved on and man progressed,— as man 
counts progression,— the conscience became " seared," 
more hardened.-less justified. Violence and intense 
wickedness prevailed. This was man's progress. God 
did not interfere with this human "progress" at 
once. He gave man latitude and full time to operate 
government according to his own way. 

On the Cain line civilization took to building cities, 

to raising cattle, to the development of art and manu- 
factures. For awhile the knowledge of God was held 
by them, but as man progressed in his civilization, he 
abandoned God's restraints, and fell into " imagina- 
tions of evils." Man enjoyed and amused himself 
with the " harp and organ." He dealt in " iron and 
hr.iNs," l[f practiced polygamy. We are wondering 
whether the civilization, previous to the judgment of 
the flood, was less than that of Greece and Rome. 
Cainitic civilization may have been far greater, accord- 
ing to man's way, than even that of Greece and Rome, 
but the " divine judgment is according to moral state 
and not to material," Would not every member of the 
church better keep this hallowed and eternal truth in 
mind when he considers his beliefs and conduct, as 
related to a wicked world? The Cross put the world 
of wickedness in its proper place, just as the Cross put 
Jesus in his place, — on his Father's throne. The 
church is in her proper place in this age, if evangeli- 
zation, with harmlessness, nonresistance and non-con- 
formity, is the great feature of her potential condi- 
tions. The conflict between <jod and Satan, however, 
is still on. 

The second dispensation was the period when man 
was tested or tried with respect of inward self-govern- 
ment. Jehovah at once revealed himself, as far as 
man was able to understand him. His adversary. was 
also in the " field," with his keen, winning, plausible 
teachings. Cain became the first human embodiment 
of lawless shedding of blood. He had no judicial 
power, and so it was wholly Satanic. Cain (Eve's 
acquisition) killed his brother Abel. Cain is a type 
t>f " mere man," — earthly in character. His religion 
was cold, senseless of sin or need of atonement. The 
characteristics of Cain's type of religion are given in 2 
Peter 2. Of this religion seven peculiar things are 
noted: (1) It has a system of self-worship. (2) Its 
adherents are angry with God. (3) No sin offering is 
brought. (4) A feeling of murder (slander and 
viciousness) prevails. (5) False teachings toward 
God are proclaimed. (6) It is a vagabond religion. 
It is worthless, unfixed, as was Cain, nomadic, jump- 
ing from one delusion to another. (7) Its adherents 
are still objects of God's concern. He sends them 
" teachers, evangelists," and proclaimers, warning 
them of " his day." 

God had his line of regeneration. Seth (appointed 
or set of GoiJ) became the living head of truth and 
righteousness/ " Adam, as the natural head of the 
human race, became the contrasting type of Christ," 
who is the Head of the new creation. Enoch, who 
tasted not death before the judgment of the flood, is 
a type of the saints who will also go up into heaven 
through an " open door," before the judgment of the 
tribulation (Matt. 24: 21, 22). Noah, preserved 
through the flood by an ark, is a picture of a remnant 
of the Israelites, who will be kept through the 
apocalyptic judgments, the " day of the Lord." They 
will be God's earthly people through the millennial 
age, preparing for Jehovah-brideship (Hosea 1 and 
2). ■ ' 

Abel was a type " of the true spiritual man." He 
offered a blood sacrifice, accepting the promised blood 
of the Redeemer, thus confessing his sin and proclaim- 
ing his faith.- At least two walked with God,— Enoch 
and Noah. 

In Gen. 6: 2 is the first statement of the break-down 
between the godly Sethites and the Cainitic godless- 
ness. Here apostasy began fn that age. Mixture of 
good and evil took root. Doubtless the Cainites of- 
fered " some good " to the Sethites or godly people, 
and thus the Sethites thought they could do some good 
by taking the Cainites into their faith and community. 
The " mixture " resulted in apostasy among the 
" good," Evil mixed with good eats up the good, and 
many are caught in this Satanic trap. Here the tes- 
timony of Jehovah, committed to the Sethites, was 
spoiled by the admixture, and failure came; for 
" there is no remedy for apostasy except judgment." 
From that time to the day when the open heavens and 
earth poured out the rains, there were evil imagina- 
tions continually, and the "earth was corrupt," and 
" filled with violence,"— full of lawlessness. 

Was the age, operated by man, a success? If so, 

why was the judgment of the flood sent upon the race ? 
An earth filled with lawlessness and corruption is no 
sign that man makes a success of God's things by leav- 
ing God out. Americans are trying to maintain 
" ideal morals " by leaving out the only Power of 
righteous ideals,— the Holy Bible. Any book on phi- 
losophy, on man's ideas of morals, on man's adopted 
philosophy, on what true science is, may be read by 
our children in the schoolroom, but not the Bible, for 
the Bible has God's ideas as to true morals, true 
science, true philosophy. Do you think, dear reader, 
that America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and the islands 
of the sea, will succeed where the antediluvians 

Do you know of one instance where man got like 
God by ignoring, rejecting, or disbelieving him? Have 
you found one age or dispensation, which yet ended 
gloriously, where God put over government to man 
to operate? Making wings for himself is no proof 
that man lias not ended his responsibilities in apos- 
tasy. Man's cry of " pessimism," to scare man, does 
not frighten any of God's remnant, nor does the blare 
and shouts of human "optimism" turn aside any 
child of God as to his sayings against truth. Truth 
and righteous predictions about man's failures 
are with us. It is still hard for kickers against the 
divine pricks, — the prophecies of man's failures. 

Tropica, Cat. 


Lifting the Curse of Vodka. 


:ement comes from Petrograd- 


Russian way of spelling St. Petersburg, — with the 
good news that the prohibition of the sale of vodka 
shall he continued even after the close of the war. 
This decree is the result of a successful demonstra- - 
tion of the improved condition of a people after com- 
plete divorcement from liquor. Such an enormous 
change is said to have come to Russian peasantry and 
people in the small towns through the stopping of the 
liquor traffic that the country, in many parts, is hardly 
recognizable. Where, for years, there was poverty, 
with its concomitants of filth and ignorance, there 
is now self-respect, decency and industry. 

The effect on character can be seen in the neatly- 
brushed clothes that have taken the place of ragged 
and slovenly attire. Huts, which formerly were di- 
lapidated and allowed to go without repairs, are now 
kept in first-class condition. The people are now 
saving about fifty-five per cent of their earnings, 
which formerly was spent for drink. 

The regeneration of the peasantry, it is said, will 
have an effect upon the social and economic conditions 
of the entire country. Up. to the time of the European 
war, many of the Russian peasants were coming to 
America to take up farming. It is claimed by some 
immigration authorities that many of these Russian 
tillers of the- soil are a valuable addition to the Amer- 
ican melting-pot. They are hardy, honest and in- 
dustrious to a fault, with the ability to accumulate 
wealth in a short time. Thousands of these Russian 
peasants are in the United States today and are rapid- 
ly becoming good American citizens. 

Detroit, Mich. 

A College Address. 

r address, omittinp the intro< 

The College. 

I believe in the college, and in the small college. 
It is patent to you that much criticism has been raised 
against the American colleges. But in spite of this 
the fathers and mothers are sending their sons and 
daughters to our colleges in ever-increasing numbers. 
The increase of attendance in the colleges is almost 
twice as large, in some institutions, as the increase in 
vocational and special departments. 

There are great differences of opinion among edu- 
cators as to what the college stands for. The critics 
tell us that the work of the college should be more def 
inite. more practical ; the college should give what men 
need. When we ask them what kind of training they 
suggest, the usual answer is, vocational training, and 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

beyond that they arc as vague as the morning mists. 
The purpose of the college is to train men for life, 
but vocation is not all of life. Man liveth not by bread 

The college course should aim to give a broad cul- 
ture, which we term a liberal education, — a prepara- 
tion for real life in its larger aspects. The college 
should give men a love for the truth, for the good, and 
the beautiful. Its education should give knowledge, 
skill and power. The college should study the deepest 
needs of men, and then supply those needs. Let us 
carefully distinguish between the needs and the wants 
of men. Give men what they want, and they give 
you their money and make you rich and famous. 
Give men what they need, as did the prophets of all 
ages, and they may stone you, or crucify you. What 
do men need? is the question. The deepest needs of 
men are the things that pertain to life, to the life of 
the Spirit. 

The college is not primarily to train men for the 
vocations. But the knowledge, and the skill, and the 
power, attained in a college education, fit men to adapt 
themselves quickly and well to their vocations. This 
is well illustrated on the mission fields. No institu- 
tion in America could presume to train a person for 
the variety of things that every missionary is called 
upon to do in the mission work; but it is universally 
recognized that those with the best general education 
adapt themselves best to the ever-growing demands for 
originality and adjustment. Life is much larger than 
vocation, if we mean by vocation the trades and indus- 
tries by which men earn their living. 

The great institutions of our civilization are the 
home, the school, business, society, the state and the 
church. The normal individual is at one and the same 
time a member of each of these institutions. The prop- 
er education fits him to adjust himself quickly to all 
of these, and to become a leader and promoter of all 
that is best in each of these institutions. 

I like the statement of President Hadley, who said, 
" Our motto at Yale is ' Depth for efficiency, and 
breadth for power.' " The college is to furnish the 
breadth of culture, whereby the individual is enlarged 
in his vision of truth, and broadened in his sympathies 
through the study of history and literature, and the 
classics, philosophy and ethics, as well as the sciences. 
What we need is balance, and this can only be attained 
through acquaintance with the various aspects of truth. 
Some men think they have broadened out, when they 
have only flattened out. Broad-mindedness must be 
based on a many-sided curriculum. " Depth for effi- 
ciency " is the province of the university, and the vo- 
cational schools which prepare men for specific things. 
No doubt the college can and should do more, espe- 
cially in certain sections of the country, in specializa- 
tion, but it should never lose sight of the fact that life 
is more than vocation, and education is to fit men for 
the highest life. 

The college aims to exalt the true, the good, and 
the beautiful, to develop character. Ultimately, the 
perfection of character is the only thing worth while. 
The college course is to create, in the individual, hfgh- 
er and nobler desires, which become the expulsive 
power of a new affection. The emotional and the 
aesthetic natures must be developed for the fullest ex- 
pression of life. 

Dr. Zueblin summed up the work of the college, as 
preparation for occupation, citizenship and character. 
We may well accept this if we include, undVr the term 
character, the affections, and aesthetics, and whatever 
broadens and enlarges the vision of man, and deepens 
the sympathies of the soul. 

We may sum up these ideals in other words. The 
college should create in the hearts of the students a 
passion for truth, the desire to get in harmony with 
the higher life, and a love for humanity that express- 
es itself in service. Culture is not complete, unless it 
includes " to know," " to be," and " to do." Educa- 
tion is for life, and life means service. 

The small college has a special advantage in train- 
ing men and women for life. All life comes from life. 
The personality of the teacher is the incarnation of the 
ideals which he teaches, and his close contact with the 
pupil affords an unparalleled opportunity. "A book 

is a soul embalmed in words." The facts of a book 
are dead till they are breathed upon by an inspiring 
teacher and transformed into living truth. Intimate 
contact with a teacher who embodies the truths of 
culture is the opportunity of the small college. This 
kind of incarnation is the commonest thing in life, 
and is at the .basis of all good teaching. The Great 
Teacher selected a small class of learners that they 
might get in touch with his life. Personality is the 
beginning and the end of education. 

In the small college the instructors feel their re- 
sponsibility more keenly because of this close contact 
with their pupils, and the pupils are more profoundly 
influenced and inspired by the close contact with the 
teacher.* Furthermore, the small college offers a larg- 
er field of self-expression to the pupil, which is essen- 
tial to the development of leadership in the world. 
The small college, too, draws its students largely from 
the rural communities, where hard work, frugality, 
serious-mindedness, and earnest endeavor are the 
dominant virtues. I believe that the college, and the 
small college, — such as'McPherson College, — offers 
unusual opportunities for the investment of one's life. 
A Denominational College. 

This is also a denominational school, owned and 
controlled by the Church of the Brethren. This is a 
sma|l denomination, but there are those who love it. 
It is a well-known fact that no church can grow and 
prosper without schools to train her missionaries, 
workers, and pastors. Furthermore, all denominations 
have experienced that they must largely train their 
own, children if they are to become loyal supporters 
of their cause. 

What is our cause? Is the Church of the Brethren 
worth while? The Church of the Brethren was found- 
ed over two centuries ago, as a protest against formal- 
ism and force in religion. The first principle that was 
laid down was the principle of Peace. For two cen- 
turies we have opposed the spirit of war, and we are 
glad that the best thought of the world now agrees 
with our forefathers' vision. 

For two centuries we have stood for temperance. 
No member of this church was ever allowed to manu- 
facture, or sell, or continue to use alcohol as a bever- 
age. Today all leaders of civilization and of business 
agree with us on this question, 

No member of this church ever held slaves. Our 
very name shows that we believe in Brotherhood, 
which makes distinctions of caste impossible. 

We believe in the Brotherhood of man, not only in 
theory, but in practice ; and the church has consistent- 
ly preached and practiced this doctrine, which is now 
universally recognized as a fundamental hunger of the 
human soul. Nothing is clearer in the teachings of the 
Master than this. 

The Church of the Brethren has no creed save the 
New Testament. Alexander Mack, the leader of the 
church, refused to write a creed, saying: "We are 
not wise enough to write a creed. Perhaps wiser men 
will come after us,, and see more clearly the truth of 
the Bible, and they may then hesitate to change the 
creed. So we shall have no creed save the Inspired 
Word." We, as a church, are absolutely free to ac- 
cept all truth, all goodness, all beauty and virtue, no 
matter whence they come, and incorporate them into 
our life and creed. We stand for an open Bible, free- 
dom to investigate all truth, and freedom to interpret 
and appropriate the truth. No pulpit is broader, and 
no pulpit is freer to take for its province the sum total 
of revealed and discovered truth. With us, all truth 
is sacred, and all goodness divine, whether they come 
from the stars above, or the earth beneath, or from 
the Holy Book. 

The Church of the Brethren has always insisted on 
the highest morality. " Faith without works is dead." 
The works are the fruit of the Spirit, which always 
meant unadulterated honesty, righteousness, justice 
and purity. The church has never sanctioned wrong, 
and there is not a single blot on her history where her 
vision was dull on the moral questions. 

The Church of the Brethren has always stood for 
the simple life. Perhaps this was, at times, too stoical ; 
nevertheless, the church rightly recognized that if re- 

ligion is to be more than a name, it must manifest 
itself in contrast to the luxuries, vanities, and frivoli- 
ties of the world. " Be not conformed to this world, 
but be ye transformed by the renewing of your minds," 
the words of Paul, and " If ye love the world, the 
love of the Father is not in you," the words of John, 
are sufficient to show the basis for the doctrine. Our 
people have demanded that religion should have a con- 
tent, that it should not be sham, but genuine, and that 
it must contain the elements of self -sacrifice and de- 
votion to the things of the Spirit. 

Are these doctrines worth fostering and propagat- 
ing? Is it essential that a church that has stood for 
two hundred years for peace, for temperance, for hu- 
man freedom, for the brotherhood of man, for an open 
Bible, for the highest morality, and for the simple life, 
should continue on the earth? We have a hundred 
thousand young people who must be trained for life. 
Is not this an opportunity to invest one's life for God 
and humanity? I believe that the Church of the Breth- 
ren, with her noble history, her high ideals, and her 
present constituency of the purest blood in America, 
has a great mission to perform in the world, to enrich 
the spiritual life of the nation, and to advance the 
kingdom of God. It is this vision that appeals to me. 
Our Problem. 
" A school is the creation of the proper environ- 
ment for the development of a soul." A school can 
not do the learning for any one; it can only expose 
the pupil to certain stimuli which will help him to 
learn for himself. The best school is the one which 
surrounds the pupil with the proper stimuli that will' 
cause him to react most efficiently toward the perfec- 
tion of his being. Our problem is to build up here 
such an environment, in the way of a faculty, build- 
ings, libraries, laboratories, etc., as will make it pos- 
sible for the young men and women who come here, to 
prepare themselves for life. This means that the pub- 
lic, for whose interest" and benefit the school exists, 
must support it by sending us the children, and by en- 
dowing the institution, so that the time and energies 
of teachers and pupils may be employed to the best 

I wish to emphasize again, that the college exists 
for humanity, and that means, to meet the needs of 
man. The college is to develop the higher life. 
Schaefer says: "Education is the unsensing of the 
self, and the unselfing of the will." It is the enthrone- 
ment of the Spirit, making the body, not the master, 
but the willing servant of man. It is also the unself- 
ing of the will, wherein we see that life comes to it- 
self, and finds itself, in the spirit of Brotherhood and 
loving service. 

Our problem of education can only be solved as we 
have a clear conception of the end of man, the doc- 
trine of man. I do not believe we can improve on the 
Biblical teaching on this subject. In the first place, 
man is to have dominion over nature. He must know 
nature that he may master it. " There are two kinds 
of knowledge," says Martineau, " the knowledge of 
things, that gives us power over things, and the knowl- 
edge of God, that makes us better." The college is to 
help man to become sovereign over nature. Hence we 
have our courses in science, biology, physics, chemis- 
try, mathematics, etc., that we may know nature, and 
make it do our work. 

In the next place, man is related to the race, and 
this relationship is to be that of brotherhood. History 
shows how men have struggled and fought for ages in 
attempting to adjust themselves to each other. The 
best thought of today agrees that the Biblical doctrine 
of brotherhood is the ultimate criterion of society. 
" The study of man is man." We have our courses in 
history, literature, sociology, economics, and ethics, 
which are needed to help the student to adjust himself 
quickly and properly to the institutions of our civili- 

Finally, man is related to the Absolute, to God, 
the Personal Spirit, perfectly good, who in holy love, 
creates, sustains, and orders all. Man's relation to 
God is that of a child, or sonship, which, in the He- 
brew, means likeness. Our relation to God should be 
that of harmony, unity, oneness, in tune with the In- 
finite. We should rise to that sublime height where 

THR an sprt 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

we voluntarily choose the true, the good and the beau- 
tiful because they are true and good and beautiful. 

Are We Doing Our Full Duty? 

BY 0. F. HELM. 

The Church of the Brethren, as we all know it, has 
established herself in many parts of our country, but 
principally in the North and West. At a cost of thous- 
ands of dollars she is sending missionaries to some of 
the foreign lands, and also establishing missions and 
building churches in many parts of our own country. 
This is very commendable, indeed ; but, since I have 
been laboring in the Southland for some time, the 
question has often occurred to me, Are we, as a 
church, doing our full duty by neglecting the South ? 
In the old South, which is rapidly giving way to the 
new, it is very seldom that you meet a man who knows 
that there is a body of believers known as the Church 
of the Brethren. 

Now, the thoughtful reader of this article will ask 
the question, "How can it be that we are almost stran- 
gers in this section of our country? Are we afraid 
that these people will be unwilling to accept our doc- 
trine, as we would present it to them, and, as a result, 
have made no attempt to do so?" No, it can not be 
that, for the primitive Baptist church, whose members 
. are scattered throughout Georgia and many of the 
Southern States, differs very little from the Church 
of the Brethren. In many sections of the South the 
Disciple church, and others, practice feet-washing, and 
as a rule these people are more appreciative of reli- 
gious truth than the people of the North and West. 
Possibly the reason for this is this : The spirit of com- 
mercialism has a much firmer grip on the people of the 
North and West, than it has on the Southern people. 
In conversation with a good old brother in the 
North, last summer, I spoke to him about the great 
need of mission workers, and the opportunity of estab- 
lishing a mission point in the South. The reply he gave 
me was this : " In selecting your locality, do not fail to 
select a good farming community." Too many have 
the same conception of mission work. 

The fact of the matter is this, — if we wish to take 
Jesus as our Model, and follow in his footsteps, we 
can not limit our efforts to the best farming communi- 
ties. The Master came to earth to prepare a way by 
which all men might be saved, and he made no distinc- 
tion as to the surrounding conditions, but was willing 
to go wherever duty called, and wherever he would be 
of service to the poor and needy. 

Many of the old, red hills of Georgia are very poor 
indeed, but among them are living thousands Of peo- 
pje, who are worthy of our help, and who would be 
able to accomplish great good in the world, were they 
only given a little chance. 

Is it possible that we have failed almost entirely to 
establish our faith among these hospitable, congenial 
people? The Southland, with its pleasant climate and 
bright future, should no longer be an unknown coun- 
try to the Church of the Brethren. 

I shall labor earnestly and faithfully this year, doing 
what I can to prepare a way for the establishment of 
a mission point by next fall. The Bibles I have dis- 
tributed, the teaching I have done, and the help I have 
given to the poor and needy certainly will result in 
lasting and far-reaching effects. 
Thomasville, Ga. 

Lost Opportunities. 


Most of us know something about Ellis Island, and 
the constant stream of people coming into our country 
from that place. Many of them lodge in New York 
City and Brooklyn. We are sending money and mis- 
-sionaries far away, and neglecting those at our door 
who are calling for help. Do not stop sending help 
away, but do help those near by. If foreigners settle 
close to us, we begin to think about moving away, for- 
getting that not so long ago we, or our forefathers, 
were the foreigners. 

Some of these fastidious Christians claim to be 
favorable to foreign missions, and are sending money 
to foreign fields. This is gold, but why not do some- 

thing for those who are near? When foreigners come 
into our neighborhood, we have a great opportunity. 
Show them kindness! Try, in every way, to help 
them 1 They want to learn the language. Teach them ! 
Some of them make very good neighbors, by and by, 
and are good citizens. 

If we can imagine ourselves in a strange country, 
we may, get some idea of the way we would like to he 
treated. Practice the Golden Rule, and you will 
praise the Lord for results. 

Many of these people can not understand our talk, 
but they understand our actions, and are sometimes 
disappointed in Americans, their first impression being 
that they always do things right. What a pity that 
we do not always give them the correct standard 1 We 
are losing opportunities, failing to do the mission work 
nearest us. 

In Brooklyn is an Italian mission where Bro. John 
Caruso has been working for years in a poorly- 
equipped place. A better building would be a great 
help to that work. When the promised Italian issue 
of the Missionary Visitor comes, you will learn about 
the work there, and their needs, and you will be will- 
ing to contribute money for the building fund. They 
have some on hand, but need much more. Such an 
effort as is made there, is commendable, and ought to 
be fostered. People are continually landing at Brook- 
lyn, and many could be saved from ways of sin, led 
to the better life, and made good, useful church work- 
ers, if the place were better equipped. They are doing 
well even with the small place they have. Brother 
and Sister Caruso, with the helpers they have, are 
leading precious souls to Christ, but many more ought 
to be reached. How long will we wait, to take up that 
work in a way that will bring more of these people to 
the light? 

Will you send a contribution to the Mission Board 
at Elgin, III., for the Italian mission building fund in 
Brooklyn? They will make good use of it, and you 
will make glad hearts at the mission, for they have 
been praying for years for a church there. It is an 
opportunity that should be improved now. Sunday- 
school classes, Sisters' Aid Societies, Christian Work- 
ers and churches should take up this work and do 
something that will he a blessed memorial for the year 
1915. Many helpers lighten the work, and this could 
be done without burdening any one, if all will but help. 
It will not hinder the work that is being done abroad. 
It will help it, for neglect of one hinders the other. 
May the Lord so open our eyes to this need that 
something will be done. 

I think it was Sister Alice Boone, with some of her 
helpers, that led Bro. John Caruso to Christ. Bro. 
J. Kurtz Miller and wife have been doing a great 
work for these people, besides the many, many things 
they have to do at their own church. Some people 
are overtaxed, while others do not seem to know what 
to do with their time and money. 

Two Sunday-school classes are beginning work for 
this mission. Some Sisters' Aid Societies will help. 
Christian Workers' Meetings are taking up such work. 
Let others begin ! The Missionary Visitor will give 
directions. In its columns was a very interesting 
sketch of this work several years ago, and it would 
be new to many if it were to appear again. Sister 
Elizabeth H. Brubaker could give some interesting 
items. May the new year find us awake to new work 
for the Italian mission in Brooklyn, where many souls 
can be led to Christ, 

deed grateful for what the Holy Spirit has 
r midst, but when we compare this handful 
'ith the number yet in heathendom, within 
ir own city, the task before us is overwhelm- 

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at the work of the mission. Their 

much appreciated. We always web 

sympathy with our work. Yesterc 

(Americans) came to town, but s 

on the method of making the native happy,-they d 

call at our gate. How wc must hang our heads in sham, 

because of the acts of such fellow-countrymen! 
One of our native sisters, Mrs. Chai, will leave us in ■ 

few days for Peking. She goes to join her husband, 

went to the capital to help our missionaries there for 
Wc arc sorry to see her go, for she is 01 
imen who can read and do Bible womar 


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for thos, 
sion dut 

and Sister Vaniman and Brother and Sister 
i are in the Language School at Peking, are 
king fine progress. They feci that this school is just 
the place for those who wish to acquire a working knowl- 
edge of the Chinese language. It is well patronized by 
i of North China. We wait almost impatiently 
ho must still stay close by the Chinese char- 
liey can take up the everyday routine of mis- 
There are more avenues of work open than 
the present foreign and native force can look after. 

Doctor and Sister Wampler, who resumed, in Septem- 
ber, their language course at Taotingfu, are to return a few 
weeks sooner than they had intended. Their teacher has 
been appointed to an official position and goes at once 
to take up his new duties. A long line of sick folks are 
waiting for the doctor. Some of these will be hard to 
care for, since the hospital facilities consist of the bare 
ground. Minerva Mctzger. 


Jan. 1, 1914, I began work for the above District as Dis- 
trict Evangelist, under the direction of the District Mis- 
sion Board. During the year, 295 sermons were preached, 
4,822 miles were traveled, 487 homes were visited, 59 were 
added to the church. One Sunday-school and one Chris- 
tian Workers' Meeting were organized. Three meetings 
were held in the Welsh Run congregation, and two in the 
Brownsville congregation. The remainder of the time was 
spent in the weak congregations,— Berkley and Johnson- 
town. The Johnsontown congregation is without a resi- 
dent minister. The work, however, is encouraging at 
both of these places. At Vanclevesville. in the Berkley 
congregation, three were baptized. At Marlow, another ap- 
pointment, where we have a union house, which for more 
than a year has been closed, work was begun again, and 
four were baptized. They now have regular preaching 
every two weeks. In this way the strong congregations 
are hearing the burdens of the weak, and so fulfilling the 
law of Christ. The work has been an enjoyable one o 
me, and I thank the Lord for his blessing upon it. 

Beginning Jan. I, 1915, I am to enter upon my second 
year as your District Evangelist. May we not hope for 
greater results in the year to come? May this year's work 
be a stimulus for the next one! Let there be much 
praying for the District Evangelist (even by those who 
do not need him). Congregations that may desire my 
service in 1915, should write Bro. D. Victor Long, Sec- 
retary of the Board, early, so that he can properly ar- 
range the work. D. K. Clapper, District Evangelist. 
Meyersdale, Pa., Dec. 28. 

ood will to men ! 
Huntingdon, Pa. 

i brought peace on eart' , and 

e Cartilage church Jan. 9. 

Forenoon Session. 

.•votlonal Exercises, — Henry Sun,l, s r];in,l. 


Vhat Are We Here For? General Respon 

in Sini, lay-school? — J. L. Swltzer, Virci,- 

Power and Infliiei 


The church, here at Pingting, has just enjoyed a sea- 
son of refreshing. In the forenoon of Nov. 1.?. fifteen 
precious souls were born into the kingdom of God. Two 
of these are women, one a school-girl, and one the keeper 
of the Woman's Opium Refuge. Six are from our Boys' 
School, and three are the first-fruits of the outstation at 
Le Ping. More had made application, but were not will- 
ing to leave off their evil habits, and so could not be ad- 
mitted at this time. This makes a native membership if 
thirty-five men and four women. 

When we assembled, on the evening of the same day, 
for the love feast, one of the missionaries remarked that 
everything begins to look like a real church. So it does, 

No.ih Or, 
the Four 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 


Murdering Moses. 


After last week's article, concerning the Psalms, 
as expounded by Pastor Russell, one naturally won- 
ders about Genesis, and how a Russell Bible would 
deal with the message of God, as given by Moses in 
this first book. I fancy that a little of this will be 
quite enough ! Now Genesis : 

1: 1, "In .the beginning."— Not of the universe, but of 
our planet. " God created."— Prepared for the work of 
the six creative days. "And the earth."— Doubtless our 
earth is the most advanced of all the worlds yet cre- 

1: 3. "And thcr. 


-Probably cle 

took their subscription paper and, to their horror, he 
tore it into strips, trampled them under his feet, and 
before they had time to recover from the shock, he 
said, " Go down to my yard, take a cow up to the 
man, and say no more about it." 

They were again stunned, and protested that he go 
along and tell them which one to take. 

He said, " No, you go and pick out the best one 
you can find and give it to him." This proved to them 
that he not only was no enenvy, but their very best 

This is the type of men the church needs. This 
good old man had pronounced convictions, and fear- 
lessly proclaimed the truth as he understood it, yet he 
cherished no ill will towards his opposers. He hated 
sin, but loved the sinner. 

Hollidaysburg, Pa. 

1: 5, "And the evening."— The obscure beginning. "And 
the morning."— The perfect completion. " Were the first 
day."— The Azoic or Lifeless Age of 7,000 years. 

1: 8, "The second day."— The Paleozoic Age, Silurian 
Period, 7,000 years. 

1: 9, " Dry land appear."— The weight of the seas caused 
the earth to buckle as it cooled, gradually forcing por- 
tions" of its crust above the water. Similar paroxysms 
of nature will probably occur soon. 

2: 2. " On the seventh day."— The seventh period of 
7.000 years, whose known length furnishes the clue to the 
length of the other six creative days. 

2: 5, " Caused it to rain."— The earth was still enveloped 
in the last canopy or watery vail that came down in 
Noah's day. 

3: 4, "Not surely die."— Satan probably believed this 
lie. having first deceived himself, as most deceivers do. 

3: 16. "And thy conception."— The race has multiplied 
more heavily as it has become degenerate and weak. 

5: 24. " For God took him."— We do not know where 
hut we do know that it was not to heaven. 

9: 13, " My bow in the cloud."— Previous to the flood 
the watery canopy, enveloping the earth, prevented the 
bow from forming. 

14: 18. " Melchizcdec."— Probably builder of the Great 

IS: 9, " A young pigeon."— A bird is usually considered 
young up to one year old. Figuring thus, the ages of 
these animals represent eleven years. Eleven prophetic 
years of 360 literal years each, equal 3,960 years, the time 
from the giving of this covenant to Abraham till the year 
1915. when he will inherit the land. 

19: 26. "A pillar of salt."— Probably stumbled in her 
flight, became covered with the half liquid, slimy mud, 
suffocated with the sulphur and bitumen, and then be- 
came encrusted with salt crystals. ( 

24: 62, " Lahai-roi."— The place where Hagar talked 
with the Lord without seeing him; thus teaching that, at 
the Second Advent. Christ will be invisible to the natural 
eye- . . , 

45: 10. " The land of Goshen."— They were not invited 
to share his throne, nor will the Jews, during the Millen- 
nial Age, be invited to share the throne of Christ. 

50: 17, " Now we pray thee."— Typifying the spirit of 
prayer, to be poured out upon the Jews in the Millennial 

Ex. 4: 8, " Of the first sign."— The Watch Tower liter- 
ature which has been circulated throughout the world ever 
since the year 1870. 

Ex. 4: 9. "Water of the river."— Typifying the truth 
of God's Word, as contained in the millions of pages of 
tracts, issued by Watcli Tower Bible and Tract Society 
since the spring of 1899. 

Anklesvar, India. 

A Good Heart Behind a Rough Exterior. 


A story is told of Eld. Jacob Steel, of the Yellow 
Creek church, Pa., that is worth repeating. 

Bro. Steel was a preacher of the old school. He be- 
lieved that it is right for the church to obey the whole 
truth, and wrong not to do so. The churches that 
did not practice the plain commands of the Savior, he 
denounced in terms not to be misunderstood. This 
stirred up bitter opposition. It made some people 
his enemies. — just as it caused some to consider him 
an enemy. 

A poor man in his neighborhood belonged to a 
church that frequently felt the force of Eld. Steel's 
stinging remarks. Having lost his cow, some of his 
church people started out to solicit money, to secure 
another cow for him. They passed by the field in 
which Eld. Steel was plowing. Considering him an 
enemy to their church, they hesitated about asking him 
I -for money. Finally, however, they ventured. He 

Christmas at Greenville Brethren Home. 


It was an ideal winter day. The air was frosty, 
and the eartlt was covered with a mantle of snow, but 
within the Home there was warmth, comfort and glad- 
ness. The Christmas spirit ran high, — made so by the 
gifts which arrived daily for a week before Christ- 
mas. Nearly every one in the Home was remembered 
by personal friends who sent parcel post packages, 
which caused their hearts to rej'oice. We have twen- 
ty-five old people and eight children here, at this time. 

The Sunday-school of West Milton, Ohio, sent a 
present to each one in the Home. A class of Sunday- 
school girls of Trotwood, Ohio, sent a gift to each lit- 
tle boy and girl, such as their young hearts longed for. 
The Sisters' Aid Society, of Springfield, Ohio, sent a 
nice warm bed comforter, and three of the leading 
merchants of the city sent boxes of fruit and candy, to 
be distributed to all. The day was spent in pleasant 
conversation. In the evening there was a prayer serv- 
ice with the invalids, and songs were sung with others. 
The children took part in a Christmas program at the 
Greenville church, where they attend Sunday-school 
each Lord's Day, and where they again received a 
little treat. 

May the Bountiful Father in heaven richly reward 
all who so kindly remembered the Lord's poor in the 
Greenville Home! "Inasmuch as ye have done it 
unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me" (Matt. 25: 40). 

Greenville, Ohio. 

The Dove of Peace. 


Behold the Dove of Peace, as she rests securely i 
her nest, near the throne of the Most High, in tl 

morning of the world! See her circling in the heav- 
ens, when the son of the morning rises in rebellion ! 
Watch her hovering over humanity, when the foun- 
tain of blood gushes, during the first dispensation ! 

See her leave the ark. to pluck an olive leaf from 
the new world, prophetic of the future! Now she 
approaches the father of the faithful, in company 
with the King of Salem. Behold her contentment, 
when Isaiah and Micah get a glimpse of the world at 
peace ! 

See her descending to earth, on the night when the 
shepherds hear the angelic choir! Notice her build- 
ing a nest in the belfry of the chapel of the peace- 
makers, only to be frightened by the roar of artillery, 
and to have her pinions stained with the blood of in- 

Then see her, with weary wing, perching upon the 
international ensign of the world empire, with Christ 
as King! At last, in the evening of the world, behold 
her returning to her nest in the presence of the Most 

Champion, Pa. 

Sunday-School Lesson for Jan. 17, 1915. 

Subject.— The Call of Gideon.— Judges 6: 11-40. 
Golden Text. — Blessed is the man whom thou chooses 
-Psa. 65: 4. 
Time.— Probably about B. C. 1329. 
Place. — The region of Samaria. 


Boys of the Bible. 

For Sunday Evening, January 17, 1915. 

I. The Patriotic Boy— David (1 Sam. 17: 40).— (1) De- 
fends his father's flock. (2) Defends his country. 

II. The Heroic Boy— Daniel (Dan. 1: 8). (1) Coura- 
geous. Faithful. (2) Humble. Prayerful. 

III. The Devout Boy— Samuel (1 Sam. 3: 1, 13).— (1) 
Loves God's house. (2) Hears God's voice— listening. (3) 
Serves God — obedient. 

IV. The Ambitious Boy— Joseph (Gen. 37: 5-8).— (1) 
Type of Christ, (a) Beloved son. (b) Hated by his 
brethren but forgave them, 

- V. The Cheerful Boy— Isaac.— (1) Isaac means " laugh- 
ing." (2) Willing, obedient disposition. 

VI. Use of a Boy (John 6: 9).— (1) Interest a boy can 
have in Jesus. (2) The use Jesus can make of a boy. 
(3) Always best to keep good company. 

Revision of Conference Rules. 


The last Conference saw fit to appoint a committee 
to revise the rules governing the business sessions of 
our Conference. There seemed to be considerable em- 
phasis laid on the fact that these rules need revising. 
Already, in the Messenger, have appeared some dis- 
cussions with reference to certain changes that are de- 
sired on the part of certain writers. 

It will not be possible nor prudent, for all to vent 
their feelings on this subject in the columns of the 
Messenger. Some, however may have definite 
views, as to what our rules should be, what rules 
should be dropped, what new ones added, and what 
rules changed; whether we should conform more 
nearly to regular parliamentary rules or whether we 
should have our own. Those, therefore, who have 
anything to suggest that would be helpful to the com- 
mittee in formulating what our people want and 
should have, in the way of rules governing our Con- 
ference sessions, are asked to write these suggestions 
or rules, and send them to any of the three members 
of the committee. . Do so now, while the matter is 
fresh in your mind. Names and addresses of the com- 
mittee are as follows: J. A. Dove, Cloverdale, Va. ; 
J. W. Lear, Decatur, 111.; J. E. Miller, Mt. Morris, 111. 


What Does the Bible Mean to Me? 

Psa. 119: 18; Study Verses 1.16. 
For Week Beginning January 17, 1915. 

1. The Best of Books,— Why?— (1) God's Word is the 
great treasure house of God's truth. (2) God is willing to 
give us the spiritual visions essential to its understanding. 

(3) Visions will he given us in answer to believing prayer. 

(4) Wondrous visions may be ours of: (a) God, our 
Loving Father; (b) Christ, our Elder Brother and Sav- 
ior; (c) the Holy Spirit, our Guide and Comforter; (d) 
heaven, our eternal home. Let the Word speak for itself 
(Col. 3: !6; 2 Tim. 3: 16; James 1: 21-25; 1 Peter 2: 1-3). 

2. Why Every Christian Should Be Familiar With It.— • 
One who would have real success in bringing men to 
Christ, must have a working knowledge of the Bible (John 
5: 39). If we would be coworkers together with God, the 
Bible is the instrument upon which we must rely, and 
which we must use in bringing men to Christ. We must 
know how to use the Bible so as (1) to show men their 
need of a Savior; (2) to show them Jesus as the Savior 
they need; (3) to show them how to make this Savior 
their own Savior; (4) to meet the difficulties that stand 
in the way of their accepting Christ. Knowing the Word, 
Soirit-guidcd, we have power (Luke 11: 28; 1 Thess. 2: 

3. The Bible a Spiritual Tonic— He who is a Bible-lov- 
ing. Bible-reading Christian is sure to be strong in his 
spiritual life. If he is ignorant, the Bible will enlighten 
him in all that is true and right (1 Tim. 3: 15; Psa. 19: 
7). If he is assailed by doubts and criticisms, the Bible 
mil dispel Ihcm, as the mists of the morning melt away 
before the sun in his splendor (Psa. 119: 130). If he de- 
sires to know more about Christ, in whom are hid all the 
treasures of wisdom and knowledge, the Bible is the one 
place to seek for such wisdom (2 Tim. 3: 17). Let God's 
Word dwell within, and it will give abounding strength 
to the feeblest (Acts 20: 311; Psa. 119: 111). 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 


Universal Peace Hymn. 

unp to the tunc " From Greenland's Icy 
The day is surely coming 

When universal peace 
Shalt reign o'er land and ocean. 

And war and strife shall cease. 
And vows remain unbroken — 

From pillage come release; 
God grant his early token 

Of universal peace! 

The day is surely coming 
When nations all shall stand 

As man to man, like brothers— 
A loyal, faithful band; 

Then troubles shall be settled 
iBy arbitration fair, «. 

Ill patriotic spirit 

In which the nations share. 

The day is sure 

The harbingei 

The dove of pe; 



O nations, do not falter, 
Have courage! do not ceas 

To plead and pray incessant 
For universal peace. 
ice B. Maxwell, in *J. W. Chi 

The Circle Around the Christian Workers. 

(Read at a " Mothers' Prograrr 


, imaginary circle, either. 

i tangible 
that, wqre it removed, the result would be like taking 
away a bucket from the water which it contains, or 
the fence avvay from a calf pasture. It is a living, 
breathing circle, whose links are mothers, clasping 
each other's hands like we used to play " ring-around- 
a-rosy." Have you not noticed that when women 
unite to do some work, they are almost always chris- 
tened " circle " ? That is because they go clear 
around the work, stand in their places, nor budge till 
it is accomplished. It is true of any task they under- 
take ; whether to sew carpet-rags, get a quilt out of 
the frame, bake for a sale, furnish the church audi-, 
torium, or fill Christmas baskets. When it comes to 
dependable aid, others are like thread; but the women 
are cables. 

What is a Christian Worker? A Christian who 
works. And what is Christian work? Any work that 
a Christian does. And what is secular work? Can 
a Christian do secular work? I maintain that if a 
Christian does secular work, it is Christian work. 
There is no line of demarcation, for all labor whose 
end is good is holy; and can you imagine a Christian 
who would engage in any other kind? A Christian 
is one who has the mind of Christ ; and a Christian 
Worker is one who does as Christ did — works. 

How many lazy women do you know? Aren't they 
on hand for every duty about the house,— getting 
meals, putting away the remnants, making every room 
sweetly habitable, buying provisions advantageously, 
sewing for, disciplining and comforting the children, 
and remembering what dishes husband and son like 
best? And don't the men come to the kitchen sanctum 
for advice about farm, shop, or financial matters, to 
have buttons sewed on and fingers tied up? I won- 
der why they call them " Sisters' Aid Societies." 
Considering that they bear the brunt of the work, do- 
ing all their own and some of the men's, why not, 
just as appropriately, invent " Brethren's Aid So- 
cieties " ? 

Time was. when wc thought the women were doing 
all they could. ,But as new opportunities swing open 
their doors, they gather up their skirts and march in. 
ready to serve on the board of education, or deposit 
a vote for good citizenship in the ballot-box. just like 
a man. They are filling up the delegate section at 
conferences, and while they may not have quite as 
many varieties of pickle put up as before, the bread 
and potatoes never fail. 

Another advantage in a woman Christian worker 
is the sureness of her instinct. Men may reason and 
theorize about plans and methods, and meantime the 
women get things done, they " don't just know how," 

at any irregular time and place. I think this instinct 
must be horn in a woman. She knows what a man 
is thinking before he speaks ; her he-art responds more 
tenderly to the appeals of disircss; sin- has In school 
herself away from the idea that there is some good 
in a tramp, even while she is afraid of him. 

There is a clear-cut text which is an all-comprehen- 
sive rule for even' Christian Worker, including the 
woman section; " Whether you eat or drink, or what- 
ever you do, do all to the glory of God." Concocting 
all sorts of indigestible things to eat. just because 
they " taste good," and running the risk of several 
dyspepsias in the family, — is that Christian work? 
Would Christ do that? [lending for hours over the 
sewing machine, making yards and yards of ruffling 
or sitting up late al night, selling in rows and rows of 
embroidery and laces, all for one wee infant who 
would be happier in a slip made of a cotton Hour 
sack, — is that Christum work? Would Christ have 
time for that? 

A Christian Worker and a washerwoman may be 
synonymous. If she makes the clothes as clean as 
possible, bluing and starching them evenly, and re- 
turns them whole, without the loss of a button, or an 
exaggerated buttonhole, she has done her work to 
the glory of God. For isn't God clean? 

Doubtless most think that getting dinner is prosy 
business. But to peep into the dining-room at noon, 
when a hungry father's footstep is heard, and behold 
the snowy tablecloth, with all the dishes in order, the 
steaming vegetables and the ripe fruit in their places, 
perfectly browned and perfectly flavored, and a glass 
of -sparkling water at every plate. — isn't that a poem? 
You remember God said once, when he smelled some 
one's burnt offering, that he enjoyed it. 

I think the Lord likes poetry. I believe he meant for 
us all to be poets. And if one looks into the activities 
of life in the right light, he will see poetry in the hum 
of the dynamo, the breathing of the giant locomotive, 
the merry whir of the windmill as it pumps water for 
the thirsty cattle, the roar of the dammed-up waters 
at the flouring-mill, the mysterious speech of the 
telegraph instrument, the click of the type in the com- 
positor's stick, the buzz of the carpenter's saw, or 
the building of shoes upon a last. And we can all be 
masters in our line of work. According to the ability 
that we have, that is the requirement. And don't for- 
get that the reverse is true, — a poor tenement mother, 
with no education whatever, is not required to write 
ats Emersonian essay. Variety is the rule throughout 
nature; and the simple offerings of each worker 
brought to our Father will be like a great bouquet, 
rainbow-colored, and of inimitable odors. And I like 
to think that he joyously buries his face in its fra- 
grance. Shall we bring our little flower to him? 
Elgin, III. , 

Homeless Ones. 

No. 15.— Wee Willie. 

ct he idly sits among his I 
o charm in once his greate 
istening for a footfall at tl 
■ for 


nd I. 

A letter is sent to a friend, stating his circum- 
stances. The letter is forwarded to a family where a 
boy is wanted. A reply is received, enclosing a check 
for transportation, and the arrangements are under 
way. The trip on the train was'to Willie one of con- 
tinual interest, the long journey was not difficult to 
make, — but why are lliey going, and when and where 
will they stop? 

When the trip is ended, there is a welcome awaiting 
him, — a new home, a new mama, an older sister, a 
big brother, a kind new papa to hold him and tell him 
stories of the farm and the stock, until the eyes close 
in slumber, to awaken in new surroundings. The 
father goes alone on the homeward journey, — home 
to an empty hearth, to begin anew the structure of 

Wee Willie's calls for papa are quickly forgotten in 
the many things to attract his attention and hold his 
interest, and in the environment of home and loved 
ones a new influence is molding a life. Eternity alone 
will show the results. 

" Homeless, friendless, helpless children, 

Needing most a mother's care. 
Won't you look upon with pity, 

Let them in your blessings share? 
Give them homes and loving mothers. 

Homes of laughter, song and glee. 
Give your mite, give golden I 

Freely as to a child your ( 
Give your heart in loving 

Give the homeless child 
Cedar Rapids, Iowa. 

To say that you do not st 
another way of saying thai ; 
would like to. 

any h; 

been doing it, 




He is puzzled by the question,— Why? 
The child-mind is struggling with the query. " Why 
doesn't mama conic?" He saw her laid away in llic 
cemetery and clung to his papa all Ihe harder as he 
• called in vain for mama. Ton young to understand, 
vet a heart to yearn in vain. Papa, to him. is now Ins 
all. Where papa goes, he goes. lie cries whenever 
papa is out of sight. But Wiat can papa do? No 
money to hire a housekeeper, no means to pay for 
Willie's care! Debts! Ever-increasing debts, and no 
steady employment! He tries taking Willie with him 
on odd jobs, but it hinders his work and is an in- 
justice to the child. Finally he yields— for Willie's 
sake he must give him up. Somewhere is a home 
with an empty chair,— some mother's arms are await- 
ing a human burden, — but where? 

,m! Hi.- wrld-r is Secretary. — Pelhi Moeomber, La: 
LINCOLN, HEBE.- The fr-llnwieir is our repi 

lent; Slsler I.yilln Slilv. 


Stdney, Onto. Dee. JJ. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

The Gospel Messenger 

Official Orffon of the Church of the Brethren. 

A Religious Weekly 

Brethren Publishing House 
publishing agent general mission board. 

Bro. J. G. Royer writes us that he finds a devoted 
body of members at Prairie City, Iowa, where he is 
engaged in Bible Institute work. 

Bro. D. M. Garver, of Trotwood, Ohio, was in a 
recent revival in the Pittsburg church, same State. 
Five came out on the Lord's side. 

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[tor, D. L. gjgjg'jjj,^ j. h. Moore 

Assistant, L. A. PI 
Corresponding; Editors. 
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Business Manager, R. E. Arnold. 

Advisor; Committee, 

S. N. McCann, G. "W. Lentz, P. R. Keltner. 

Seven were recently added to the Morrill church, 
Kans., and one is to be restored. 

Bro. J. E. Crist, of Kansas, has changed his ad- 
dress from Grenola to Friend, his former home. 

At this writing Bro. B. E. Kesler is in the midst of 
a most refreshing series of meetings in the Shoal 
Creek church, Fairview, Mo. 

Bro. C. A. Bryan, of Shannon, 111., is to assist the 
members of the Rock Creek church, same State, in a 
series of meetings, beginning Jan. 10. 

Bro. F. R. Smith, of Chicago, 111., is to locate in 
the Scott Valley church, Kans., in the near future. 
He is also to serve as elder of the congregation. 

Fifteen were baptized and one reclaimed during a 
series of meetings in the Akron church, Ohio, con- 
ducted by Bro. W. D. Keller, of Ashland, same State. 

During, November and December twelve were 
baptized in the Sterling church, 111,, and one appli- 
cant now awaits the administration of the initiatory 

Bro. J. G. Rarick of Batavia, Iowa, who has 
taken up pastoral work in the Pleasant Valley church, 
Ohio, should now be addressed at Fort Recovery, R. 
D. 1. 

A revival is now in progress at the Conewago 
house, Lancaster County, Pa., with Bro. Jacob L. 
Myers doing the preaching. He is said to be deliver- 
ing some strong sermons. 

Often, when a man passes to the great beyond, we 
are amazingly interested in what he leaves. The 
other world, however, is chiefly interested in what 
he has sent before, — the treasures laid up in heaven. 

With energy, characteristic of a live body of mem- 
bers, the little flock at Shamokin. Pa., has secured a 
lot in a desirable part of that city, and hopes to pro- 
ceed with the erection of a church building the com- 
ing spring. 

The Blue River church, Ind., is being favored with 
a most inspiring revival. -We are informed that so 
far five have accepted Christ, but our correspondent 
failed to mention the name of the brother in charge 
of the services. 

We are just in receipt of a copy of the Minutes of 
the District Meeting of Northeastern Ohio, and notice 
that Bro. A. I. Heestand has been chosen to represent 
the District, on the Standing Committee at the 
Hershey Conference. % 

Bro. C. S. Garber, of St. Joseph, Mo., came to the 
Baugo church, Ind., Dec. 6, and for almost four weeks 
continued a series of evangelistic services. Fifty-two 
pledged allegiance to the Captain of their salvation, 
and others are greatly impressed. 

Any one of our ministers who may wish to move 
to a place where his services will be more greatly 
needed than at his present location, will please give 
attention to the notice of Bro. W, G. Cook, Billings, 
Okla., among the notes from that State, on page 29 
of this issue. 

Bro. James A. Sell's pen sketch of an incident in 
the life of Bro. Jacob Steel, deceased, as given on the 
Round Table page of this issue, is well worth reading 
and pondering. Fearless proclamation of the truth 
in no way interferes with liberal, unostentatious giv- 
ing, — even to those who may have happened to come 
within range of just criticism. 

There are four children in the party of mission- 
aries, leaving New York for India on Wednesday of 
this week, making a group of ten in all. They will 
be on the Atlantic'by the time this paper reaches most 
of our patrons, and in the course of a few weeks we 
are likely to hear from them, as they touch at dif- 
ferent points along their route. 

Under date of Dec. 28 Bro. Isaac Frantz writes us 
from St. Petersburg, Fla., saying: "I arrived here 
the 12th and am enjoying good health and a short 
rest with my children. Calls are coming to me for 
preaching, and it is evident that a ripe field exists in 
this land of sunshine. While I write, the birds are 
singing, the flowers are blooming, and loads of ripe 
fruit may be seen." 

The Bible Institute of Lordsburg College, Cal., 
is to convene Jan. 25 to 30. Brethren D. L. Miller, 
S. J. Miller, J. P. Dickey, W. E. Trostle, W. I. T. 
Hoover, I. V. Funderburgh, and Edward Frantz will 
contribute their best efforts to make tlae institute a 
success. We regret that the program reached us too 
late for insertion in this issue, but its appearance in 
No. 3 will still be in ample time. 

Bro. James O. Kesler, of Cando, N. Dak., and 
Bro. S. A. Myers of Somerset, Pa., — both of them 
students at Bethany, — looked over the Publishing 
House last Monday, and favored the Messenger 
sanctum with a short but pleasant call. 

The Home Mission Board of Northeastern Ohio 
desires to secure the names and addresses of members 
and their relatives and friends who are now living in 
the city of Cleveland, Ohio. Information should be 
sent to Bro. A. B. Horst, Spencer, Ohio. ~ t 

Bro. George Mishler, of Cambridge, Nebr., held 
a series of meetings in the Ogans Creek church, Ind., 
Dec. 6 to 22. Five acknowledged Christ as their 


Turn to page forty-two, Brethren Almanac for 
1915, and note that the address of Bro. C. W. Davis 
is changed from Montalba, Texas, to Live Oak, Cal., 

R. D. 1. 

Any one wishing to reach the elder of the Middle 
River church, Va., will please address Bro. B. B. 
Garber, Waynesboro, Va., instead of Bro. D. C. Flory, 


It has been well said that " many a man, during 
a revival meeting hangs his lamp so high that he can 
not get it down for daily replenishing with the oil 

of service." 

As a result of the Wm. A. Sunday evangelistic 
campaign in Des Moines, Iowa, seven have so far 
identified themselves with the Church of the Brethren 

at that place. 

There are only a few members at Conrad, Mont., 
and they are keeping up the interest by devoting two 
evenings each week to Bible study. So writes Bro. 

C. P. Cruea. 

Bro. Daniel Wysong was with the members of 
the Blissville church, Ind., in a series of meetings, 
which closed at the Center house Dec. 23. Five 
united with the church. 

The Auditorium at Hershey, Pa., — now in course 
of erection, — in which the Annual Meeting is to be 
held, is to be a durable structure, composed of cement 
and steel, and will doubtless accommodate as many 
people as may wish to enjoy the Conference. . 

Bro. Virgil C. Finnell, of Des Moines, Iowa, has 
been secured by the Mission Board of Nebraska to 
visit the congregations in that District, and to hold a 
two days' Institute in each of them. The plan will 
doubtless prove an excellent means of spiritual uplift. 

The large edition of " The New Testament Doc- 
trines " was exhausted in less than, seven weeks after 
the book came from the binders. We are now bring- 
ing out another edition, and inside of a few days will 
be prepared to fill other orders. In the meantime, 
rush the orders. Not a few of our agents are doing 
their utmost to get the Messenger, as well as the book, 
into every family of members in their community. 

Letters and even papers, mailed to us from India, 
bear the stamp of the "censor." By. this we are to 
understand that they have been opened and examined 
by the government official assigned that particular mil- 
itary duty. This is one of the marks of war times, 
and how much it means to the public we can .not tell, 
for it must be evident that all the unfavorable letters 
are either detained, or returned to their author. 

We do not remember to have ever seen a more at- 
tractive little booklet than the one put out by the 
Hershey Chocolate Company, Hershey, Pa. It is 
unique in shape, contains a number of colored plates, 
and a well-told story of the Hershey business, as well 
as the place where the Annual Meeting is to be held 
next June. ■ 

Bro. Galen B. Royer closed his Bible Institute 
work at Eglon, W. Va., last Sunday, with a largely- 
attended Missionary Meeting. It is said that there 
were only six unconverted people in the valley when? 
the Institute was held, and four of these accepted 
Christ. From there Bro. Royer went to New York, 
; off for India. 

With Bro. J. F. Appleman doing the preaching, the 
members composing the Pleasant Hill congregation, 
Northern Indiana, are now in the midst of a revival, 
with eight applicants for membership. 

Bro. C. B. Smith, pastor of the church at Morrill, 
Kans., has this to say: "Our efficient Messenger 
agent is making a special effort to place the Gospel 
Messenger, with a copy of 'The New Testament 
Doctrines,' into every home. The book is just the 
thing for young converts. You are to be congratu- 
lated on giving to our people such an excellent work." 

The Bible Term of Blue Ridge College, Md., is 
announced for Jan. 23 to 31. The program did not 
reach us in time for insertion in this issue, but will ap- 
pear next week. We note that Brethren A. C. 
Wieand, Paul H. Bowman, Jacob Hollinger, Chas. D. 
Bonsack, and Dr. John Merritte Driver are to take 
part in the work. The topics to be considered cover 
a wide range, and should prove intensely interesting. 

The new church at Freeport, 111.,— Bro. P. R. 
Keltner writes us, — will soon be dedicated, and this 
being accomplished, the little flock at that place will 
have much better opportunities for success. He 
feels that the Lord is in the work, and that in the end 
it will succeed. The work at Freeport, however, — 
as is the case with every city mission, — will require 
much patient effort. Every inch of ground must be 
secured by strenuous endeavor. 

Writing concerning the mission work in Idaho, 
Bro. S. S. Neher, of Twin Falls, says: "During the 
past year a goodly number have been baptized, and 
plans are being perfected for more workers at the 
weaker points. As District Evangelist, I am writing 
every congregation and mission point in the District, 
and find splendid results. How glad I am for Bro. 
Moore's new book, ' The New Testament Doctrines.' 
It meets the needs of the whole Brotherhood, and es- 
pecially here on the frontier." 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

Bro. Amos Moomaw, a devoted minister in the 
Prairie City church, Iowa, passed from labor to re- 
ward Dec. 22, 1914, having traveled well beyond the 
eightieth milestone of his earthly pilgrimage. He 
greatly endeared himself to those who came in touch 
with his ministerial labors. 

The Santa Fe Mission, East Los Angeles, Cal., 
is now in charge of the District Mission Board of 
Southern California, and is to serve as a nucleus 
around which shall cluster the city rescue work of the 
District. Bro. W. M. Piatt and wife are devoting 
.their entire time to the work. 

We are glad to note that during the recent Christ- 
mas season our Old People's and Orphans' Homes 
were, generally speaking, quite well remembered. At 
times these pensioners of the church's beneficence are 
not kept in mind as much as they should be, by those 
whom the Lord has blessed most abundantly. " Pure 
and undefiled religion," — as suggested by the apostle 
James, — manifests itself in loving sympathy and re- 
membrances to the Lord's poor. 

We are calling special attention to the request of 
Bro. J. E. Miller, found on page 22, this issue. Those 
having suggestions regarding the Annual Meeting 
Rules will do well to write Bro. Miller, and in this 
way aid the committee on rules to complete the task 
assigned them. Instead of holding your suggestions 
until the coming Conference, offer them now, not by 
sending them to the Messenger, but to the committee. 

Last Sunday morning the officers and teachers of 
the Elgin Sunday-school were installed into their re- 
spective positions, Bro. J. H. B. Williams delivering 
an appropriate address for the occasion. " In the even- 
ing similar exercises were held in behalf of the newly- 
elected Christian Worker officers, — Bro. S. C. Miller 
impressively defining the duties of those who are now 
in charge of the work, as well as emphasizing the im- 
portance of the society. 

One, evening, just before Christmas, on returning 
home, your Office Editor found that the express man 
had left a box of oranges from Bay State Grove, 
Eustis, Fla. The -gift came unannounced, but the 
name of the grove told the story. The box was filled 
with the most delicious fruit from the home of Bro. 
Jacob C. Funderburgh, and to say that we enjoyed the 
treat, is putting it mild enough. In many ways Flor- 
ida can be excelled, but one has to go a long ways to 
find better oranges, better grape fruit, and a better 
winter climate. 

At the close of each year, and at the beginning of 
the new year, we find it necessary to disappoint a 
number of* correspondents, who send programs of 
Bible and Sunday-school Institutes just a little too 
late to have them appear in the Messenger in time 
to be of any service to those attending such meetings. 
Usually, when these belated programs reach our desk, 
every available part of the paper is occupied, and we 
can do no better than to make a short editorial note 
of such Institutes, and let that suffice. This became 
necessary last week, as well as for the week previous. 
Furthermore, we can not, at any time, spare space for 
local programs. 

Our missionaries at Pingtinghsien are experiencing 
some of the embarrassing complications, that are 
sure to befall the faithful ambassador of the Lord 
when confronted by the questionable practices of his 
fellow-countiymen. Recently American cigarette 
sales agents reached the town referred to above, and 
it may readily be imagined that our missionaries were 
deeply chagrined, to have it become known in the 
community that American commercial greed is fully 
determined to foist the highly objectionable cigarette 
habit upon China's vast population. While the coun- 
try is just being freed from the opium habit, another 
vice is to be forced upon them. 

Hundreds of our readers have met Sister Mary 
Miller, of Milledgeville, 111.," wife of Bro. D. M. Mil- 
ler, deceased, and mother of Bro. J. E. Miller, Presi- 
dent of Mount Morris College. She fell asleep Dec. 
29, being in her eighty-second year. Sister Miller was 
one of the noblest of Christian women, and left on the 
minds of those, with whom she associated, impres- 
sions for good that will long be remembered. We 
have known her nearly forty years, have spent many 
an hour in her home, and found her to be a woman of 
strong faith, given to love, charity and good works. 
She leaves several children, and fortunate is the son 
or daughter who can look back upon the life of such 
a mother. 

Last week Bro. I. B. Trout was in Washington 
City, attending the meeting of the International Sun- 
day School Lesson Committee, of which body he is a 
member. The committee is composed of nearly forty 
of the most skilled Sunday-school leaders in the 
United States and Canada, who have for their task 
the arranging of the lessons from year to year. In 
their work they represent practically eighteen million 
Sunday-school scholars, and realize that the selecting 
and arranging of lessons for these millions of Bible 
students is a tremendous undertaking, for every phase 
of the Sunday-school interest must be kept in view. 
While in the city, Bro. Trout and the other members 
of the committee had the pleasure of meeting Presi- 
dent Wilson at the White House, and enjoying a 
pleasant interview with him. 

The Death of Bro. Jos. Amick. 

On Monday morning of this week Bro. Joseph 
Amick, retired Business Manager of the Brethren 
Publishing House, and father-in-law of our present 
Manager, Bro. R. E. Arnold, died at his residence on 
Commonwealth Avenue, Elgin. As is known to most 
of our readers, Bro. Amick has been in poor health 
for more than a year. Last winter he lay unconscious 
for about six weeks, and after a hard struggle with 
physical complications, rallied, and gained sufficient 
strength to go about the city, and to visit a few of 
the adjoining churches. On the approach of winter 
weather, however, he began to grow weaker, lingering 
for some weeks, and then quietly passed over. As a 
business man, Bro. Amick was widely and favorably 
known, both in the church and out of it. In the in- 
terest of church work, he has probably handled more 
money than any one man among us, and was invari- 
ably found strictly accurate in all his accounts. In 
early life he was also known as a preacher of con- 
siderable ability, and while residing at Mount Mor- 
ris, probably preached more funerals and solem- 
nized more marriages than all the other Brethren 
preachers of the congregation put together. But it 
was as Business Manager of the House that he was 
best known, and to him should be given the credit of 
making the enterprise a financial success. His funeral 
occurs at the Brethren church on Wednesday of this 
week. Next week we shall publish a more extended 
notice of his life and labors. 

Light and Darkness. 

The first chapter of Genesis is a wonderful study. 
Not only is it wonderful, but it may also be made ex- 
ceedingly interesting, providing we do not become too 
inquisitive, and plunge in beyond our depth,— only to 
become engulfed in darkness. 

In the early dawn of creation, before God created 
the physical light, there seems to have been a twilight- 
state of light and darkness intermingled. This, how- 
ever, was soon changed by creating the sun, the moon 
and the stars, thus separating light and darkness, call- 
ing the one condition day, and the other night. Both 
the day (time of light) and the darkness (time of 
night), were preparations for the good of God's cre- 
ation, and especially that of the man and the woman, 
whom he had in mind to create. 

The day, or the time of light, was intended for labor, 
exercise and activity, while the night, with its mantle 
of darkness, was to serve as a time for rest, sleep and 
repairs, or recuperation. 

In connection with the physical light and darkness, 
we also have the spiritual light and darkness,— God 
himself being the summation of light, and Satan repre- 
senting the darkness. 

In the beginning was God. " In him was life ; and 
the life was the light of men." Jesus Christ, the Son 
of God, was the Chosen One, through whom the God- 
life was to be made manifest in the world and for 
the world, — for the salvation of all mankind. 

Of course, we understand that darkness is the ab- 
sence of light. To deprive the world of light means 
death, ultimately, — both physical and spiritual. God 
is the light, and therefore the life of the world, be- 
cause life always follows the light, the one being con- 
tingent on the other. 

This' we know to be physically true by our ex- 
perience with everything round and about us. We 
know that our crops of vegetables, grains and fruits 
will not mature into fruitage in the dark. They must 
have the heat and light of the sun in order to grow and 
mature, or produce the full ear of corn. And yet, 
how little this physical experience teaches us as to the 
spiritual ! Just as little as physical life grows and ma- 
tures into perfection without the physical light of 
the sun, so little can men and women grow into 
spiritual life and maturity without being warmed and 
filled with the spiritual light which comes from God 
through his Son, Christ Jesus. 

But the strange thing about it is, that the very thing 
the world needs most, and the thing which we would 
naturally suppose the people would be most deeply 
concerned about, men treat most indifferently. They 
seem to have no wish or desire concerning it. They 
seemingly love darkness rather than light, because 
their deeds are evil. 

As we think of it, — how wonderful our God has 
blessed and provided for man above every other crea- 
ture he made! Not only did he give him a supremacy 
over every other creature of his making, but he also 
endowed him with a rationality that enabled him to 
reason, and to know the things made and intended for 
his special good, pleasure and enjoyment. And yet, 
in the face of all these advantages and privileges, man 
deliberately and knowingly rejects and discards them 
all by choosing darkness in preference to light. Worst 
of all, — because his deeds are evil, — he still hopes to 
be able to hide his acts from God, and he thus de- 
grades himself, both in knowledge and reason, by the 
foolishness of his actions. The brute creation, seem- 
ingly, learns to know what is best for it, through the 
school of training and experience, and well might 
the prophet Isaiah thus speak, in comparing the one 
to the other: " The ox knoweth his owner, and the ass 
his master's crib ; but Israel doth not know, my peo- 
ple doth not consider." 

•This is the truth that we, in shame, must admit, 
because if is demonstrated before our eyes almost 

We are pleased to call our dogs, cats, cows, oxen, 
horses, etc., our " dumb animals." In some senses 
they are, but in other senses they seem to reason, 
consider and show better sense and judgment than do 
hundreds and thousands of men and women. Animals 
not only know whence come their foods, favors and 
kind treatment, but they learn, in many ways, to show 
their appreciation of the kind treatment and care 
shown them, by showing affection toward their pro- 
viders and friends. Even our pigs recognize those 
who feed them. They squeal most vociferously for 
their food, and show their appreciation by giving very 
friendly grunts in return for the favors thus received. 
This is the only way they have of returning thanks. 
And, truly, we are made to think that even such a 
manifestation is better than the way many human be- 
ings show their appreciation. Though God has en- 
dowed them with speech, they do not use it for that 
purpose. Truly, ' " The ox knoweth his owner, and 
the ass his master's crib; but Israel doth not know, 
my people doth not consider." 

Though God, the Father, hath so highly endowed 
man above every other creature he has made, yet, in 
the full possession of all these wonderful gifts and 
blessings, man persists in not knowing his Owner, or 
recognizing the crib from which he is feeding. He, 
in his obstinacy, chooses the darkness of sin, because 
his deeds are evil. 

The goodness of God ought to lead all men and 
to repentance. The great love that God felt 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

and experienced in giving his Son to the world, to 
make restoration and salvation not only possible but 
easy, ought to awaken, in the coldest minds and hearts, 
most tender feelings of gratitude, and cause them, 
most gladly and willingly, to render, ever thereafter, 
unceasing service and loyalty. 

But instead of this tender love and gratitude, mani- 
fested on the part of man,— poor, lost and fallen man, 
—what do we have and see? Men and women, for 
whom Jesus died, that they might have light, life and 
salvation, continue to revel in the works of sin, dark- 
ness and death, because they love darkness rather than 
light,— their deeds are evil. They resort to the dark 
places of our towns and cities, because they are the 
places where those who love darkness rather than 
the light, love to congregate and to find their enjoy- 
ment and their pleasure. 

In the house of the Lord there is too much light for 
their darkened eyes, and too much of the religious 
spirit for their liking. Heaven, where God and his 
Christ will be the light, could never be a suitable 
place for them, because they love darkness, are living 
in it now, and preparing for it in the days to come. 

If we want to dwell in the " Golden City " in times 
to come, we must prepare for it now, by living and 
walking in the light of God, as revealed in the Gospel 
of Jesus Christ, which is the power of God unto sal- 
vation to all who believe, accept and walk in it during 
this life. 

This is the time of choice. As we sow now, we 
must reap. " Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise 
from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." 
Choose now the light of God, walk in it during this 
life, and live in it eternally in glory. H. B. D. 

" What She Could." 

Some censured the woman for wasting a precious 
substance; but the One for whom it was done saw 
the motive, the love that prompted the deed, and he 
praised. It is often so even now, nearly nineteen hun- 
dred years later. So much are we wrapped up in 
ourselves and our own ideas; so little do we under- 
stand the heart promptings of others. 

The story of the young man who would go to Afri- 
ca is well known. His friends pointed out the trials, 
the dangers, the possibility of losing his life without 
accomplishing anything of which the world would take 
notice. But he felt that God's house must be built 
there, and was willing to go there, labor, die, be for- 
gotten if only he served as a foundation of the house. 
He felt that be could do that, and he wanted to do it. 

Pages of similar incidents are at hand, and he who 
will may read. There ever have been and ercr will be 
some willing to do what they can for the advance- 
ment of God's cause in the world. Also there ever 
have been and ever will be those who attempt to dis- 
suade, to look only at the difficulties and dangers. 
Some of them are no doubt honest in their expression 
of opinion : they have not yet learned the lesson of 
trust. Others are no more honest than was he who 
condemned the waste by the woman in the long ago. 

Each one's ability is the measure of his responsibil- 
ity. What can you do? That is known by yourself 
better than by any other man. We know our own 
powers pretty well. In some fields we may make mis- 
takes; but on the whole our estimate is likely to be 
pretty nearly correct. We are not as willing to go to 
the limit in some things as we are in others ; we do 
not care to know just how far we can go in self- 
denial, in faithful obedience. But we are inclined to 
go the limit, and sometimes beyond it. in order to gain 
something for self. This present world is so close and 
we are so wedded to it that we are eager to do all we 
can in order to get a little more of it. 

But we ought sometimes to stop and consider. No 
doubt the rich man who fared sumptuously every day 
had done what he could in one line ; but it was a self- 
Mi line, and just when he thought he was fixed for 
life, death came. And he who never misjudges called 
him a fool. The poor widow who cast all her living 
into the Lord's treasury would be censured by many. 
Yet she. too. did what she could. The widow of 
Sarepta had only a little meal for herself and her 
child. How foolish to give part of it to a man more 

able to gain a livelihood than she. Yet she did what 
she could, and was greatly blessed in the doing. The 
woman of Shunem is another who did what she could. 
And Dorcas had her needle and used it. Her act has 
been an inspiration to many women since. Works 
do follow. 

How different the actions of the foregoing from 
those of hosts of prominent women today. These 
latter do what they can to adorn and display the body, 
to become leaders in society, to be known as the best 
dressed women in their city, to give the most lavish 
entertainments, to have as guests noted persons. But 
what do they do to lighten the burden of suffering 
humanity? And yet some of these women wish to 
pose as followers of him who gave all and did all. 
What a mockery! In their extravagance they throw 
away what would bring comfort and happiness to 
thousands. In the end will" they be called by any 
other name than was the rich man ? 

We need to consider our way ; for there is a way 
which seemeth right to a man, and yet its end is death. 
Living is something quite different from talking, and 
it is infinitely more important. It is easy to urge 
others to take up the burden of doing what they can 
for the Lord. But are we, who do the urging, willing 
to lay even our little finger on the altar in order to 
lighten the burden? While we tell others to practice 
self-denial, do we insist on having the best there is 
going and the most of it for ourselves? Are we do- 
ing, are we even half way trying to do, what we can? 

mind, — surely a blessed state, and one that all may 
enjoy. Here is a thought well worth remembering: 
"There are two days in the week about which I 
never worry. Two golden days, kept sacredly free 
from fear and apprehension. One of these days is 
yesterday. Yesterday, with all its cares and frets,, 
with all its pains and sorrows, has passed forever 
beyond the power of my control, beyond the reach of 
my recall. I can not undo an act that I wrought; I 
can not recall a word that I said ; can not calm a storm 
that raged on yesterday. All that it holds of my life, 
of regret, or sorrow, or wrong, is in the hands of the 
mighty love that can bring oil out of the rock and> 
sweet waters out of the bitterest desert, — the love that 
can make the wrong things right, and turn mourning 
into laughter. Save for the beautiful memories, sweet 
and tender, that linger like perfume or dried roses ill 
the heart of the day that is gone, 1^ have nothing to 
do with yesterday. It was mine; now it belongs to 
God. And the other day I do not worry over is to- 
morrow. Tomorrow, with all its possible cares, its; 
burdens, its sorrows, its perils, its poor achievements 
and its bitter mistakes, is as far beyond my reach of 
mastership, as is its dead yesterday." 

Preparation for War. 

In all this country we have no abler advocate of 
peace principles than Dr. Lynch, of The Christian 
Work. He believes, as he teaches, in preparing for 
war in time of peace. He would have this country 
to arm, to get ready for auy conflict that might come 
our way. "Yes, let us arm," he says, and then adds: 
" The world is just now learning that there are two 
ways of arming, two methods of securing peace." 
He, however, favors a method " which is infinitely 
more powerful than guns or battleships." So far 
these have failed to preserve the peace of the nations, 
while the doctor favors a method that works for peace. 
" Yes," he continues with emphasis, " let us arm 
mightily, and character is the greatest defense of a 
nation, as it is of a man." We quote further: 

" Let us arm. Therefore let us proclaim to all the 
world (more by deed perhaps than by word, although 
there is no harm in words when they are kept), that 
the United States will, under no considerations, steal 
territory or anything else from weaker nations, that 
it will never commit an injustice toward another na- 
tion because it is weak nor bully it; yea, let us go 
further, and say, to all the nations of East and West, 
North and South, ' We desire only to be your friends. 
We want to help you develop your institutions. Let 
us send you advisers, teachers, and lend you money 
at low rates of interest. Let us help you solve your 
internal problems. Let us befriend you in every way.' 
Which nation thus befriended would attack the United 
States, and would any other, seeing this wonderful 

" Let us provide means of national defense. Great 
armies? No. They have failed. Great arbitration 
treaties such as the President and Secretary Bryan are 
now signing with the nations are worth a big army in 
every State. Multiply these treaties to include every 
nation. As soon as possible tighten them in their 
scope. Get out all conditional and qualifying terms, 
and make them absolute offers to arbitrate every 
difficulty with any nation. Go on offering such trea- 
ties, — offering them with a Senate unanimously be- 
hind them, — and each one becomes an impregnable 
fortress." ^^^^_^^^^_ 

Today and Tomorrow. 

At the beginning of a new year it is we'll to form 
new resolves, as to making our lives more nearly as 
the Lord would plan them for us. He never intended 
that our existence should be fraught with anxiety and 
shrouded in gloom. Why not, indeed, surrender our- 
selves fully, with all that we have and are, to his 
keeping? Perfect trust is sure to beget serenity of 

The Death List. 

Bro. E. L. Ceaik, of McPherson, Kans., furnishes 
us with the following statistics regarding the deaths 
of members of the Church of the Brethren, as pub- 
lished in the Messenger during the year 1914: 

Bretliren Sisters Total 

January SO St 101 

February, 43 40 * 83 

March 42 56 98 

April 33 42 75 

May 49 73 122 

June 40 S3 93 

July 30 38 68 - 

August 46 46 92 

September 24 31 55 

October 56 58 114 

November 27 33 60 

December 30 49 79 

Totals 470 570 1,040 

It will be observed that more members die in the 
■month of May than during any other month of the 
year, while October is a very close second, with Jan- 
uary standing third. Also fewer deaths are recorded 
for September and November than for any other two 
months. The 'death record for the sisters is greater 
than that for the brethren. 

Tobacco When First Introduced. 

At a special Temperance Meeting, held in Roanoke, 
Va., an essay on tobacco was read, from which we take 
the following extract : " When tobacco was first in- 
troduced into Europe, in the year 1559, as snuff, the 
physicians declared it hurtful, and the priests declared 
its use as being sinful, and if a church member was 
caught using it in church, he was summarily excom- 
municated. A little later it was used for smoking, but 
in Turkey, if a man was caught smoking, his head was 
cut off. In Russia the penalty for smoking was to cut 
the nose off. King James the First, of England, de- 
clared that " smoking was loathsome to the eyes, 
hurtful to the nose, harmful to the brain, dangerous 
to the lungs, and in the black, stinking fumes thereof, 
nearest resembling the horrible smoke of the pit that 
is bottomless.' " 

Free Pamphlet on Military Law. 

Bro. D. H. Keller, pastor of the church in West 
Dayton, Ohio, says : " Several times there has ap- 
peared in the Editorial Department of the Messenger 
a statement regarding exemption from military service 
in the United States. For the information of our 
ministers and others, we suggest that each one send 
to his Congressman a request for the pamphlet en- 
titled ' Military Laws of the United States.' This 
document contains the enactments of Congress along 
the lines indicated by the caption, during the fifty- 
seventh, sixtieth, sixty-first and sixty-third sessions. 
The document is of particular value to our ministers. 
They are free from military duty." 


THE GORPF.T, Mrc^BMf.uc 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 


General Mission 

HI, In; D. II. ZiKlc 

C. Fairly, Penn Laird, Va„ 

Steele, YV[ilk. rim,. 

, Oak Park, 111.; J. 

Holslnger, Brethn 

ville. Pa.; D. D. Culler. Set 

Swlgart, Secretary. Huntingdon. 

Broadwa,y, Va.; 

Homeless Children 

amlnlng' Committee. — James 

1916; Edward : 

LordsburR, Cal., 1915. 


Saturday evening, Nov. 28, Brother and Sister D. H. 
Keller, of Dayton, Ohio, began a series of meetings in 
the Harris Creek church. The first week Sister Keller 
gave us a splendid exposition of the " Sermon on the 
Mount," devoting a period of twenty minutes each even- 
ing to this study. The period following Sister Keller's 
talk was occupied by Bro. Keller along evangelistic or 
doctrinal lines. We have had sound teaching along the 
lines taught by the Savior and the apostles. We mention, 
especially, the subject of the prayer veil, a subject which 
both Brother and Sister Keller are able and capable of 
expounding aiid teaching with clearness. 

Weather conditions were against the services, and the 
attendance was not what it should have been, but the 
Spirit was among us and we are rejoicing and praising 
God because some of our prayers have been answered. As 
a result of Brother and Sister Keller's sound teaching 
and earnest appeals, ten dear ones took upon themselves 
the vows of the Christian religion and were baptized. A 
brother, who was resting under a cloud, was moved to 
make a confession of his fault, and was joyfully restored 
to full fellowship in a neighboring church. 

Sunday, Dec. 20, was a busy day for Brother and Sister 
Keller. After the preaching service, four were baptized 
and received into full fellowship. At 3:'30 P. M., Bro. 
Keller talked to an attentive audience of men at the 
, Railroad Y. M. C. A., at Bradford. At the same hour 
Sister Keller addressed the women at Bro. Stover's studio, 
which is used by the members of Bradford as a place of 

Sunday evening the services closed with a number of 
dear ones counting the cost. We pray that the Holy Spirit 
may strive with them to the salvation of their souls. 

We are surely thankful for Brother and Sister Keller's 
labors among us, and pray that the good Lord will abun- 
dantly bless them, and use them to his glory. 
- Dec. 21. John M. Stover. 


Throughout the land we find, here and there, the coun- 
try churches. Their influence is far-reaching. We spent 
the last year in one of these small churches in Northern 
Minnesota, known as the Hancock congregation, in which 
there arc about forty members. Bro. J. H. Brubaker, of 
Big Lake, Minn., is the elder in charge. During the past 
year nine were brought to Christ. Four of these were 
called while Bro. E. J. Eddy was laboring with us. As- 
sociated with us in the ministry were Eld. Samuel Bowser 
and Bro. George Shade, a young man of much promise. 

In October we came to the Franklin County church, 
to hold a series of meetings. Bro. Samuel Fike, of Water- 
loo, Iowa, came to assist us in the singing. The meetings 
grew more interesting each evening, and thirteen united 
with the church, which caused great rejoicing. These 
were the first converts in seven years. Through Bro. 
Fike's wise counsel and untiring efforts the small con- 
gregation -of members received great encouragement. 
They decided to support a pastor for the coming year, 
and immediately went to work to build a parsonage. At 
the present time they have a nice eight-room house almost 
completed. Many wnO are not members of the Church 
of the Brethren gave liberally towards the support of the 
pastor and the building of the parsonage. They prevailed 
on us to accept the charge of this congregation, and we 
returned to Hancock, to make arrangements to move to 
our new field of labor. We are sorry to part with the dear 
brethren and many friends at Hancock, having enjoyed 
our short stay there. The members and friends of the 
community paid us a pleasant farewell visit, and presented 
to us a beautiful token of remembrance. 

We traveled three hundred and thirty miles on horse- 
back from Hancock en route to our new charge, and had 
many and varied experiences. We met with those who 
go about this world doing good to all mankind, and also 
with those who live for self alone. One day, near noon, 
my horse was becoming tired. I saw, near by, a farmer 
whom God had blessed. His large herd was feeding in 

the field; his large barns and silos told of a bountiful har- 
vest. On entering, we dismounted and asked for the 
privilege of feeding. The man was prompt in answering: 
" I guess not." 

I plead, " It is high noon, and the horses arc very tired. 
I care not for myself, but that they may be refreshed." 

Remembering the words of the Master, I said: "Then 
I must shake off the dust of my feet against this house," 
but even in the face of this we were refused. 

Soon, however, we found a farmer whose heart God 
had touched, and were refreshed. The first sealed to him- 
self a denunciation (Matt. 25: 45). while the latter shall 
receive a blessing (Matt. 25: 40). The kind hand of 
Providence guided us to our journey's end. May the 
dear Heavenly Father bless our labors during the coming 
year, that this congregation may be strengthened, and 
others brought to Christ! Jas. F. Swallow. 

Dumont, Iowa, Dec. 20. 


Usually all the good things that people have to say 
about a man are kept till after his death. Luke was an 
exception In this matter, as he wrote, no doubt, during the 
life of, Barnabas about him as follows: "For he was a 
good man, and full of the Holy Ghost and of faith: and 
much people was added unto the Lord" (Acts 11: 24). 

The subject of this sketch is at this writing (Dec. 21, 
1914) still living, and is a remarkable man. He was born 
in Botetourt County, Virginia, Nov. 18, 1834, and is now 
past his fourscore years. He has spent all these years 
in the community in which he was born. He was baptized 
into the Church of the Brethren fifty-seven years ago, 
and has been preaching for the church continuously for 
about forty-eight years. 

He was a colaborer with Elders Peter Nininger and B. 
F. Moomaw, although much younger, and, in company 
with them and Brethren Jno. C. Mooiiaw, Samuel Crum- 
packer, and T. C. Denton, he did much local traveling and 
church work. 

of any denomination in this country has 
• funerals, both in his own and other de- 
ons, than has Eld. Graybill. 

He is not regarded as a strong, exegetical expounder of 
the Scriptures, and I never heard him preach a sermon on 
any of the fundamental doctrines of the chucch, but he 
emphasizes the goodness, love, and mercy of God. In 
referring to the distinctive doctrines of the church, he 
tells how the old brethren understood these things. In 
funeral discourses he is sympathetic and tries to give 
the bereaved all the consolation possible. 

At his advanced age his mind is fairly active and his 
body strong. He says he will preach every Sunday if the 
church desires it, and besides he will take care of one-half 
of our night appointments. 

He was sent to Seattle as a church delegate to our last 
Conference and enjoyed the trip immensely. 

Nov. 21, last, we elected him, by a unanimous vote, as our 
presiding elder for the year 1915. On motion of the writer, 
he was extended the courtesy of attending the Special 
Bible Term of the Daleville College as a representative of 
the Troutville church, which courtesy he declined. 

It is said that on the day of his birth his mother ded- 
icated him to the Lord, and prayed that he would be a 

Oh, for more such saintly mothers, to dedicate their 
children to such useful and noble lives! We trust that the 
Lord may still add many years to the life of Eld. Jc 

Troutville, Va. 

C. D. Hylto 


Our work here has been going through the experiences 
incident to the beginnings of most of our city missions. 
We began at the very bottom. Our first service in the 
city was held Aug. 10. 1913. Since then we have been 
holding services each Sunday in a vacant store building 
on the lot that was purchased for our future church- 
house. It is not an inviting place, when there are com- 
fortable bouses in plenty. 

We began with less than a dozen members. There 
were no children for Sunday-school, and no assurance of 
any, nor was there any other help. But we had faith in 
theLord's help and promise. Of course, the work must 
go slow under such conditions. Every inch of ground 
gained must be secured by strenuous effort. In addi- 
tion much of our time had to be spent in canvassing the 
District for funds, and in helping to direct in the erection 
of our churchhouse, that now is nearly ready for occu- 
pancy. The new church will soon be dedicated, and this 
being accomplished, we will have much better opportuni- 
ties for work. We feel that the Lord is in the work, and 
that it is to succeed in the end. Our Sunday-school and 
church services are becoming more interesting each Sun- 
day. More children are being added to the school, and 
the preaching services, too, arc increasing in attendance. 
The prospect looks good to us. Our present quarters are 
altogether too small for the number that attend. 

The work here is under the direction of the Mission 
Board of Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. The churches 
.surrounding the city, have aided US much, and increased 

the interest by the help which, in many ways, they have 
given us. It . only by their assistance that it has been 
made possible for us to have our house of worship nearly 
ready to occupy. There are funds yet needed, to clear the 
house of all indebtedness, but we feel sure that the inter- 
est that has been shown will be continued, and we shall 
so^n have a place where our people can have a church 
home, and where, in the coming years, many souls may be 
gathered into the Kingdom. For this we humbly pray. 
Frecport, 111., Dec. 28. P. R. Keltner. 


■ Richland church, a little more than a y 
our congregation decided to support Sister Mary B. Royer 
on the India Mission field. She has now been there over 
a year. We often think of her and her work in that far- 
off heathen country, and are always anxious to hear of 
her work, as well as that of the other missionaries. ( 

Wc also think of others who left us during the year 
1914, going to the place whence they shall not return. 
During the past year, for the last time in this life, we 
have looked upon the aged, the middle-aged, those in the 
prime of life, and the young, as they were carried to their 
last resting place. A number. of them, we thought, would 
be with us for years to come, but the All-wise God saw 
fit to call them hence. All must go when he calls. 

We have, during 1914, finished our churchhouse here 
at Richland, Pa., dedicating it last February. We held in 
it the funerals of some of those who were the means of 


building this hot 
member the earn. 
L. Reber, at one 
strength of his e; 
take the building 
also think of ot 
toward the erect 
their last work I 


of worship. Especially do we re- 
plea of our departed brother, Frank 
f our members' meetings. Upon the 
icst remarks it was decided to under- 
f a meetinghouse at this place. We 
rs, who gave freely of their means 
i of this house, which was some of 

the churcl 
ards they 

and for generation 


the silent 

We have had some very good, refreshing meetings at 
this house during last year. Recently Bro. Michael Kurtz, 
one of our ministers, conducted a series of meetings, deal- 
ing out the Bread of Life each night for about three 
weeks. Sometimes the house was filled to its utmost ca- 
pacity of over 800. As a direct result sixteen came out 
on the Lord's side, and were baptized Dec. 19. We look 
forward, by the help of the Lord and the prayers of his 
people, for great things to be done at this place in the 

On Christmas Day and evening we begin a revival at 
the Millback house, to be conducted by Bro. Ira Gibble. 
of the Little Swatara church, our neighboring congrega- 
tion. Wc need these series of meetings to revive us. 
and to be more active in the Master's work. Let us pray 
that the services may be a great blessing to us all, and 
help us to become more like Christ. Isaac K. King. 

Richland, Pa., Dec. 24. 


In the Gospel Messenger of May 16 is an article from 
Sister Wm. Wertenbaker, Secretary of the Rescue Com- 
mittee for the Southern District of California and Ari- 
zona, in which she sets forth the beginning of our Rescue 
Work in Los Angeles. Since then the work has grown 
steadily and the present outlook is quite encouraging. At 
a recent meeting of the Committee it was thought best to 
publish a report of the work. 

The Santa Fe Mission, formerly a mission point under 
the care of the East Los Angeles church, has been turned 
over to the District Mission Board as a nucleus around 
which shall center the City Rescue Work of our District. 
The rather peculiar relation which this mission now bears 
toward all the churches in the District, justifies an explan- 
ation for the benefit of every member concerned in this 
great work. 

By a District Meeting decision all church lines are laid 
aside, and the efforts of the n 
trict arc solicited to help to re 

of the 

Brother and Sister Wm. Piatt are now located at Santa 
Fe, and are being supported by the Mission Board and 
the District Aid Society. On the first and the third Fri- 
day and on the fourth Tuesday evenings of each month 
our people take part in the work at two of the Union 
Rescue Missions of this city. Thus three times each 
month our District Aid Society, through the Rescue Com- 
mittee, secures a minister and singers from one of the 
various churches in the District for the services at these 

At these meetings earnest appeals are made to sinners 
to begin a better life. Usually some respond to the in- 
vitation, and thus far from one to five persons have come 
forward at each meeting. Most of these people know 
nothing of our doctrine, hence Bro. Piatt has been ap- 
pointed to keep in touch with them, and provide then- 
further teaching, with a view of bringing thei 
fellowship with us. Already several calls h 
tracts on our belief and practice. At one of the I 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

they have asked us to send them a minister, to give them 
regular instruction regarding the principles of our church. 
While all church lines are laid aside for the workers, 
and the District, as a whole, takes part in the work now 
begun at Santa Fc Mission, yet, when any person unites 
with the church at this place, the location of his home 
decides where his church home shall be, and placesthim 
under the care of the congregation in which his home is 
located. For example, at the series of meetings, recentlv 
conducted at Santa Fe mission, by Bro. Piatt, fourteen 
were baptized and one reclaimed. Of this number, the 
home of one is at Covina, that of another is within the 
bounds of the South Los Angeles church, and thirteen are 
living in the East Los Angeles church. 

Many of the people, with whom we work need financial 
assistance Any one desiring to send clothing should 
forward his donations to Win. Piatt, 923 Mateo Street, 
Los Angeles, Cal. Should any one send money, remember 
that Mrs. J. H. BrubalCer, of Lordsburg, is our treasurer. 

Aside from this phase of the work, the committee is 
anxious to come in touch with members coming into the 
city and not knowing where to find our places of worship. 
To such let me say, Yon will always find a welcome at 
the mission 1003 Santa Fe Avenue; at East Side 234 
South Hancock Street; or at South Side, 1300 East Fiftieth 
Street Should you be unable to find any one of these 
places when you reach this great bustling city, just step 
to a public telephone and call "South 4653" for Sister 
Wcrtenbaker. or "East 4097" for the writer. Ringing 
cither of these numbers will bring you information as to 
the best way of reaching any one of the above-named 

Written bv order of the District Rescue Committee. 
Mrs. J. Z. Gilbert. 

3300 Griffin Avenue, Los Angeles, Cal., Dec. 18. 

. E. C. Overholtzer 

) be I 

t again.— Golda -Whipple. Rio Linda, 

*[.!., Hli.i Christian 

Sacramento valley church met In council Dec. 2G, w t °u r 
.liter Bro 1 Overliolt/.er, presiding. Two letters of member- 
ihlp 'were read. We decided tn organize another church. <" 
nclude Elk Creek and Stonyford. They have al.ant lawain 
Pour members. A,«« 11,1s ^^^ j M v,rhoU°°? 
-iiriiml degree liiirusl.i. .ui.l two <U ■<'. "lis. l>i "■*>• 

- - elder of our church, Bro. Fagg was rc- 
v .«rhnoi superintendent, and Bro. Fernando 

elected Sunda 
Costa, Christ 

• all. Some 

■ sident— B 



-Dec 26 at 11 A. M., we met at the Willo 
-, ..niimi.'nu.iTirr the birth of our Savior. 

rendered, after which dinner was serve 
members r:,n,, a distance of ten miles. • 
.es. —Hannah Donning, Dauntle 

Washburn. — Bro. Charles Waller recently gave us seventeen 
sermons. He encouraged the in em hers ami warned sinners 
to flee the wrath to come. Four came out on the Lord's side 
and were baptized. Others are near the kingdom. Although 
he labored under adverse circumstances, the Lord blessed his 
efforts We know that through Bro. Walter's labors some 
good was done.— H. C. Low, Washburn. 111., Dec. 28. 

Blue River church met In council Dec. 26. Our elder. Bro. 
Walter Swihart, presided. Bro. George Swihart, _ of Roann, 

j present. We 



Antloch church met in council Dec. 26. Bro. J. C. Groff 
nrfsffied Ome letter of membership was received, and officers 
f r th ■ ensuing vrir were . leeted Bro. J. Harris Sheldon is 
, ,',,,• Pun. lav-. l,.,oi 'superintendent; Bro. A. M. Nice, president 
of our Christian Workers' Society; the writer, church corres- 
pondent. Our members are scattered over a territory of 
thirty-four miles, hence in the winter we have only a small 
per cent of regular attendants at services, but we have some 
wide-awake workers, and hope to hold the fort during the 
long, cold winter.— Sadie N. Groff, Toder, Colo., Dec, 28. 

Smith Pork.— We recently closed a two weeds' series of 
m ,,. tings, ,, inducted by nor elder, Bro. Salem Beery of De- 
heque Colo. The attendance and attention were good. Eacn 
evening during the week Bro. Beery gave us good spiritual 

... „..o midst of a revival. Thus 

accepted Christ. We elected our officers for the 

with Bro Ernest Frick as Sunday-school 

; of the 

Christian Workers' Meeting.— Mrs. Chas. Zumbrum, R. D. 1, 
J "ec. 30. 

i»i», wjmii one na.3 organized, and started c. ... 
day 'of that month. The attendance the first Sunday was 
sixty-one. Our enrollment for the nine months is eighty 
and our average attendance Is forty-nine. We have decided 
to have ah evergreen school. We are trying to use the best 
up-to-date methods, and have something new each Sunday, 
which Is a great help in keeping up the interest. The Sun- 
day-school uses a hack for the purpose of bringing in the poor 
children who have no way of going. This hack sometimes 
— '" a. great help 

Notes From Oar Correspondents 

.,5 also enjoyed dav meetings, held 
in the homes of the brethren and sisters. Scripture readings 
song and praver were engaged in by the members, which did 
us all good At our recent council we elected church and Sun- 
dav-school officers. Bro. Salem Beery was chosen elder for 
Holder is our Sunday-school snpen.i- 
Toung People's Meet- 
i mostly young peo- 
ple Some new members have moved here from Kansas in the 
hope Of Improving the sister's health. We trust that they 
will make this their future home. There are only a few of us 
l lcrc _ snmP hiving moved away. The coming of these mem- 
ber*' adds strength to oar little flock, for which we are glad. 
w- *,„.C„ ♦»„,* n »r roeont. meetings mav mean much to the 

Carey Tonev. Noah V. Beery, and Samuel Peyton have each 
been'preaching for us once a month. We certainly appreciate 
their interest and their efforts at this place. Bro. L. T. Hol- 
-'— of meetings at this place Nov. 18. 
Thanksgiving Day we had a nice 

Sterling' church i 

mittee Our Sunday-school officers were elected for the- 
next six months, with Sister I.enma Yates as superintendent 

Vinegar Bend, Ala., Dec. 19. 


Glendale church met In council Dec. 26, with the writer 

d»l'^ ™\?r -Srkcl'ef Sue'te? SSSf- 
ind Bro. Arthur Fagg, 

Sister Ellen Tates, secretary. ~ u 

us were also elected for the next six months, with Et.>. 
. Yates, president, and Sister Anna Thompson. seeretarv- 
Ollie Ullerv was reelected superintendent 

Hi.-, kingdom. Sister Oda Mitchel, v,. ■■■■ 

singing Sister Emma Miller, our District Sunday-school 
Secretary was with us Dec. 1". Sister Miller gave us an 
be .."',.. r. ,... .-.,.i,„„, .vori.-^ci:,,-,,,,, T Gilmer. 

Bro. Frank Krelde 
Bro. John Stutsman presided. One letter was receive. «»u 
Claude Roose was chosen president of mir Christian Workers 
Meeting. We retained Bro. Frank Kreider as our elder for 
another year We expect Bro. Ross Murphy to be with us on 
the evenings of Jan. 4 and 5, to give missionary lectures.— 
Florence Kulp, R. D. 3, Goshen, Ind.. Dec. 28. 

Flora church, in council, elected all her officers and com- 
mittees for 1915. "Bro. I. C. Snavely will remain our elder and 
pastor- Bro A W Eikenherrv. treasurer; Bro. Moses Wagoner, 
clerk' Sister Elva Replogle. chorister; the writer, Messenger 
correspondent. Missionary and Temperance Committees, and 
officers for our Christian Worker-!' Society and Sunday-school 
were also elected. Bro. E. C. Metzger Is our Sundfiy-scimnl 
superintendent. On the morning of Dec. 27. following the 

■gular Sundav-school session, BrO. S. S. Biough, of North 

■nted the aipl™™-. - 

regular attendance during 1!»1 
id year of perfect attendant' 


r. Sister 
i Workers 

?•— F. 

]. resident 


jrr. Glendale, Ariz.. Dec. 

Newport.— On the evening of Dec; 24 Bro. W. L. Woodlet, 
of fVustin came to us on his way home from the Mount Hope 
church. While with us he preached six sermons, which were 
listened to with much interest. He expects to preach for us 
once a month at the Woodman Hall. — Rosie Mullens, New- 
port. Ark., Dec. 30. 


Empire.— Bro. D. L. Miller preached for us on Wednesday 

nnd Thursday evenings of this week. There are two appli- 

cants for baptl 



...c--. Empire, Cal., Dec. 

Glendora.— We met in council Dec. 19. Our elder, Bro. G. H. 
Bashor, was with us. Elders W. Q. Calvert and D. A. Norcross, 
of Lordsburg. Cal., were also present ""■ 

lent of our Christian Workers' 
s were appointed to see about 
a series- of meetings for us 


John's Pass.— We are In an isolated place, without a church 
, r Sundav-school. We held our first meeting Dec. fi. Bro. G. 
P.. Landis, of Davton, Ohio, was with us. Ten people were 
Tiresent Bro. Landis talked till nfne o'clock. His talk was 
much en loved. We expect to organize a Sunday-school in the 
near future.— J. J. Rodes, St. Petersburg, Fla., Dec. 28. 
F ar g. . — The members and friends of the Fargo 
ad a feast of goc ', delivered by E 

if the Spirit. There w«a a, o«==ujr »..«.™— ... 

and interest — Samuel Bollinger. Parma, Idaho, Dec. 26. 
■Wolaer church met in council Dec. 19. with our elder, Br 
" r Sunday-school was reorganized, 


to" have with us Bro. Grover Wine, of North Manohester, Ind., 
over the coming Sunday. — Fanny Myer, Flora, Ind., Dec. 29. 

Huntington City church met in our last council for the year. 
We elected as trustees Brethren Samuel Friedley, A. C. Emley 
and Geo. Rlnker. Bro. C. C. Kindy was chosen as elder Elec- 
tion of Sunday-school officers followed. For the year 1913 the 
general average attendance was eighty-nine. Through the wis- 
dom and executive ability of our poster and --up, jintendent and 
a corps of loyal teachers with organized classes, we have built 
up our school to an average of 122 for the year. Our offering 
■was 5308. We elected Bro. W. H. Weybright to succeed himself 
as superintendent Installation services for all officers are to 
follow. We now have a larger working force for the work 
than ever before, and shall work for a higher standard. — A. 
L, Eolincer 607 W. Tipton Street, Huntington, Ind,, Dec. 29. 

Nettle Creek church met In council Dec. 12. One letter was 
received and two were granted. We elected our superin- 
tendents for the ensuing year. Bro. O. D. Werking was chos- 

lered a good program. — Sallie 

Falls, Idaho, to be with us Dec. 27, to begin a sene 
meetings. On the evening of Dec 2-1 a Christm 
was given by the children of the Sunday-seh'",l, 
much enjoyed by all present. — May Holl, Weiser, 


Cole Creek church met in council at the Canti 
the evening of Dec. 26, with our elder. Bro. Main 

""--— t. good attendance, considering the e 

"vere elected for ui« uw*u- 
• as superintendent. Our 
Sunday-school gave a fine program on Christmas night.— Kate 
Whitaker Fry, 4CS North Main Street. Canton, 111., Dec. 3'0. 

Oakley church met in council Dec. 26, Our elder, Bro. W. T. 
Heckman, presided. In the absence of our clerk, Bro. D. J. 
Bllckenstaff was chosen clerk pro tern. Sunday-school officers 

i charge. 

! ele> 

Tjordsburg. — We met in com 
:hurch, Sunday-school and Chr 
England presided. Bn 

gland was reelected elder in charge, and Bro. 
assistant. Bro. H. A. Brandt was chosen clerk, 



with Bro. George Garber 
Sister Orpha Frantz as s 
the Chr 

■ Edith 

hosen a 

presided. Church officers 

s eldership by 
., this year, 
o. Whipple, 
id preaching 
■ Thanksgiv- 

Hufford Is our librarian. Bro. D. C. Buckingham was re- 
elected on the Apportionment Committee for three years; Bro. 
W. T. Heckman, reelected on the Evangelistic Committee; 
Bro. V. B. Stutsman, re-elected church treasurer for a term 
of two years, and Bro. W. H. Girl is collector for two years. 
The church decided unanimously to continue the plan of last 
'- 'he support of Sister Ida Buckingham, our missionary 
. Letters of membership were granted to Bro. Orley 
I wife, who Intent" 

, t . Jro. George Garbei. 

the Oakley Sunday-school at our Sunday-school and isioie in- 
stitute to be held at La Place Dec. 27. — Erne Bourquln, R. D. 

' Shannon. — We recently enjoyed a two weeks' series of meet- 
ings, conducted by Bro. Chas. Delp. of the Cherry ** " 

■ chi: 

■ the Brick church; Bro. John Herr, 

and a treasurer for five years, we nave tnree active • u 
li-ni Wurk.-rs' Societies. Our local Sunday-school Meeting ■ 
be held Jan. 3. One feature of the meeting will be a I 
of instruction by our elder to the Sunday-school officers 
teachers. On Christmas each of our three young minisi 
gave a Christmas talk, after which an offering of $38 
lifted. Our three young ministers and their wives .ire n 
lng arrangements to attend the Bible School ■■ -..»nh u 
Chester.— Chas. W. Miller, Hagerstown, 
Ogane Creek. — Bro. Geori ** ; 

held a series of meetings at t ...^ . -■■ 

time Ave souls accepted their Savior. Bro. Mlshler is a 
strong speaker, and preaches the Gospel fearlessly. During 
this revival Brother J. J. and Sister Sallie Cart, while re- 
turning home from church services, were struck by a fast 
train Bro. Cart was killed Insl.intly. Sister Cart is seriously 
injured, but improving slowly. She was anointed,— Bro. J. H. 
Wright, assisted by the writer, offlciating.—E. H. Gilbert, 

t in eiomci! Dee. 11. Eld. I. L.. Berkey 

correspondent, and Bro. Harry Berkey, Messenger agent. Bro. 
Melvin Swartz was reelected Sunday-school superintendent ; 
Sister Ida Haines, chorister and superintendent of the cradle 
roll and home 'department; Sister Verda Weaver, secretary. 
Bro. Wm. Fletcher was elected president of the Christian 
Workers' Society, and Sister Gladys ^Dovel, 
Ross D, Mu 
Jan. 9 and i 

TJpper Pall Creek. — Last Saturday we met in council, w 
Bro. Hoover presiding. Not many were present, on accm 
if the unfavorable weather. It was time to elect orb. ,-,-: 
mother year Trustees for the cemetery were elected. I, 
P.i.vid Spltzer was chosen Sunday-school supei i ntendent. R 

,im,.i ,,f tin- Mississinewa church, will begin a series 
"i. 21. Other meetings i 

i granted. Brethren 

lng offering 
members' nu........ 

William McNutt and David Lutz were elected Sunday-scnooi 
superintendents. Our Sunday -school has grown in interest 
and numbers during the past year. Dec. 20 the Christian 

in progress, here at this time, so tha£ we could not have 
any earlier. Bro. Fadely preached for us Nov. 29, and 
Dec. 6 and 23. We were glad to have him with us again. 

loyal to Jesus.— Florida J. E. Green. Middletown, Ind., Dec 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 


of famllle 

-Dec. IB Brother and Slater W. B. Miller 
Bro. Miller gave six illustrated lectures. 

BB . Our Sunday-school rende 

™reee"\ou «'■' have adopted th. " Implex » O...-, 

..„. .1. B. Mohler, of Bethany Bible S 
deliver two very good sermons for us. Dei 
school rendered an excellent entertainment, 
attended and appreciated by all presen 
Elliott, 26 Cutler Avenue, Grand Rapids, Ml 
lake View. — Our series of meetings, condu 
Harshbarger, com 


! pleasure of 
I, In Chicago, 


27. Bro. Harshliargor 

27.— Ella Keith, Brethren, 

Woodland church met 
Sunday-school rendered a 

1T . Hollinger was advanced to 
nlstry. Instead of the regular 
to. had a Christmas program Dec. 

talks. All en.joycd 

: our last meeting. We enter the new 
. make our Sunday evening meetings 
Is possible 

Ills District has yet had. We urge all to avail thei 
mch a feast of good things. — I,. E. Meek. Miss 
l'reasurer, Octavla, Nebr., Dec. 28. 

Omaha. — Seventy children took part in the ex. 
?hrlstmas Eve, at the Brethren Mission in '.'null. 
was appropriately decorated with holly. Our past. 

it, and extending best wishe 

r eider, mu, j. >v. urisn. " <= >"* 

r Sunday-school superintendent, an 

cietv, the pastor's salary, missions, 

■„,,.' ,aid. Three letters were .eceivc 
Ero J. Q. Goughnour, of Ankciy. is . 
W R Miller delivered his stereopi ir 
Tuesdav. Wednesday and Thursday e 

Workers' So- 

and one was granted, 
r elder for 19,15. Bro. 
Bible Land Talks on 
nlngs of last week, to 

s conlllcting services 

iOt.'KI , 111., 10 aaaisi "o •■■ » ■" 

r an . 24. Susie Fisher, Woodland, 

Zlon. — Our church met in eounc 

■ husbands and their 

1 with the church, and : 

. On 

.„. Christian Workers' ( 

. fc a .x months, with Sister ''la 

_lun day-school report for the yea 

.(tendance, 3.8S3; average i 


rch met in council Dec. 21 
otters were granted and 

-ived another appllca 

.ugh bap- 
*lndly favored us with an extra 
tism. el r y- | ';'';''' h V';;. v ,. r ;i short talks, prayers and songs 

le /iVnJ a h.ii.i'.i lo-raio. which was th-roughly enjoyed 

providing a HUP ' l - remained to welcome 

& Kn JlSuSviS S Finnell .103 Youngennan Block, Des 

■.■„■■ v, ■«.■,.,,..• . "i. u .-lo.-.i .y 

.,.]!,„,! no, deed !i. g'>o..l I'loS'a 
,r Akron. Ohio, while visiting 

„ B „ contribute . 

,.n r „llnu-nt. Ml). During the year Loir pupils «-io 
.,1 We feel very much eneoiir;ie;ed ivlih the r.-poit u.»- 
dng the fact that our Sunday-school was ch,sc, „,,,. 

th on account of diphtheria. Our lor i -■Idei, la... to 

;|ii<lni, of Greenville, Ohio, was with us at ,.ur . . 

on the following Sunday preu< hed a -pi hi ' ll ,' ' ' 

" !,tt '" ,ltiVe ? ng sdfo a ol 1 hOUse W we n are usingTs entin'iy To 

|Wo'a!V,un,nod Me n'ur '-unl'l-mc. s. < Ml account <»f the lack 

norms our church bull. line; Is standing 

with Eld. .1. Deal 

ne received. Bro. 

,.<;. /ear, with Bro. M. 

mt. Sunday-school and Christian Work- 
■cted. Brethren M. L. Huffman and E. H. 

• , to s.'ciiif a minister to hold a secies of 
Bro. Deal Is wel- 

apprectated. — F. 


i again, after being absent ! 

, resent.— Mrs. Merlie Deardorff, R. D. 2, Rock Lake, 
Colombia simday-«chool.— On Sunday, Dec. 13, Bn 

vith Bro. I. C. Snavely 

a week's Bible In- 

2tor. Good Interest 

„ „.a*attenains as we should like to 
me of our active workers, who have moved 
urch letters were granted at one time. While 
.ve Jeffonly for an inde.lnite time to attend 
i leaving for new homes. Brother and Sis 

■ ■gatio 



: illus- 


ectures which were much appreciated, ai 
j reelected Bro. C. B. Simpson as superin- 

w'-i't'lie'r No K.-rvle.-s were In Id at 'night. Bro. Daniel Dear- 
dorl'l' met witli ns Deo. 27. The day being cold and stormy. 
only about thirty were present. The evening services were 
postponed. Those present received a treat from the Sunday- 
school. Responding lo a call from the St. Joseph Mission. 
we sent them 56,— Mrs. Harry Row, Brantford, N. Dak., Dec. 

S °" OHIO. 

AJiron , EW. W. D. Keller, of Ashland, Ohio, began a series 

Adel, Iowa, Dec. 

cent council Bro. Eldon Engle was elected 
., _1 the work was completed yest enlay. ^ At t. a 
e Hist'i'l'lalimi' service, seven souls Were f^ 1 ' 1 ^' r J t \° n tf) me 
!!ll.,^M|». One dear sister expressed a desire 

Morrill. — 


, ' ,:,r, 1 'i'V^'im' u'. n |"'|.:u , ,l'"!! 1 ,:i'A| 1 rrl 1 W,,,i for I „■■ K.- = < 

spondeut i.o < \. ' ,; ,,.,,,, ht ,„• ,he Greenwood 

End. Bro. Hovwid < ' - ■ > , superintendent of 

Sun. lav-school, and SIM. a- IIMI1. ftl . < i" '* ■ ' ' , nillll . ......i. 

Northwestern Arkansas.— I he Qu 

Harris Creek.- 


_■ witnessed by a large : 

_r"recent series" of meetings, 
by Bro. A."P.' Blough, eleven were received Into . tl 
There has been a healthy growth in the chuich at 


i for tlie 

t-ihnge Sunday-scl 1 

; past year's work. 

iunday-school Con- 
■t will convene with the 
This being the close of 
icli" Sunday-school in the District is 

epresent. In case It is lmpos-lhle to 

Me. tin 



Sunday-school. Bro. Charles 
:, and Bro. Perry Shong as 

delivered nineteen sermons, 

one address to the yoi _ _ 

sn'enXS «n4 r'e«lv"rs°trong adnjoniUon, 

S ,e ,°„Ja..y. Our church - ■* »f- "J 

been contributed to the Child Rescue 
I',,,,, :Hk,n Kans.. Dec. 28. 
'; council Dec. 12. Onr elder, Bro. Henry 

ter 'Rose *«^£S'S'Etl»"uie writer r e : 
president of our Christian * YU ' c . 0n le tter has been 

fected church correspond «« and_agen t a «^ MmmoMhi 
received since our last iepun- 

^""-n'ov 29 Bro Canfield, of Summerneld, Marshall 
rnme' to Ramona and began a series of meetings 
invied three weeks. He labored J»*thtu\ly^ 

our superintendent, 
■s Bible, bearing hit 
iciatlon of his prom 

. in'ei.ia letters on the front, 
, and interest. He had missed 
nnths Bro. Kessler will be 
i,i,..-tlng-:. — Vir«ie Argahrlk'ti t. 

Falrvlew, Mo,. Dec. 2b. 

South St. Josepli Mission.— Tho 
does not begin till the 20 th, yet ou 

^ .„.ward, after 
en In all, and on> 
r the salvation of 
3 people for th 

d for baptism, 
i preaching In- 

sVcre'tary.'— Pearl E. Sponseller, Sherwood, unu 
Pittsburj church has just closed avery lm 
of meetings, conducted by Bro. D. M. Garvei 
Ohio, He preached the Word with power. 
continued for three weeks. The weather was 
able the entire time of the meetings, but tr 
goon, and we think that the meetings closed 
took a stand for Christ and were baptized. 1 
■ rusaded. Many lasting impressions w 

1 l>-l. i a. >. .- 

-rin ten. lent; Sister Maggie 1 ialla.lay, pr 

ed 1 

ir more were baptized, mak- 
g the rite. The outlook Is 
uls and we ask the prayers 

m to be impressed. The members here at 
C. Hurt. Ramona, Kans De«- « 
VernvUUon church ™** 

.,, and others 


Medicine lake. — Ou: 

develops spontaneously, before 


congregation met In council 

"'-" .. , , ;,:;, \v'e delhl-l to build a vestibule to our 

',.',,, ."..I -,'- an.l have chosen Brethren B. F. Sharp. Jc-s-e 

-,»,., nni and la. ..I. Noffslag.r as a committee to assist trie 
J-,,,,.:'-. We decided to send a part of our Sunday-school 

inducted by Eld. David 

St. Joseph : 

id b, ~. 

began with much 

rry to find it 

of diphtheria. 

Eby presided. 
deeted""for 1915- Bro. Henry 
aaperintendent, and Sister Ada Bushy, 

»d elected officers 
fleers were also el> 
. We have servlc 



" Sisters Ada Gates, Bell 

,zzie ueiienuti^ii &■= — ■- -- - 

oikers 1 officers were selected, wit 
, president. She Is also president 

„ ,.'lth Bro. 

t four diffei 
■i ne McCohe meetings are repo 
t ,n fnteiest The Seal y meetings are well at 
food Interest We also have a Brethren Sunday 



White Boon (Lovewell) . — Our C 
by the little folks and young peopl 
Sunday-school was reorganized <"" 

pruK'niin. ai me w..«»« V,,^-., 
was lifted for the poor childrt. 

, |, >_»,,„„. r children were given a treat. 

the Qu 

eeUllv thankful for 
distance In making 
i7 we held our Chrlsti 
■ program an offering of *9 

Rift 1 we "arriooklnK forward to a revival i 

Jl',1:. C.', R- D. 4, Greenville. Ohio, Dec. 30. 
Bush Creek church met in council at the Bremer 
2C. Eld. E. B. Bagwell presided. 1 wo letters^ « ■ 
Bro. Noah Beery was chosen for three years^ 
Beery for two years, and Bro. John Ston tm n^ 
M. Stonei 

Toledo (First 

mh Bro. Guthrie, of the Wyandot church. 
-,., iaI .,, , lis presence. Bro. Herly Mc- 
San.l .iy-school superintendent, and t-u-t..r 


reelected s 
, n» chosen as assis 
■ee'lected president of Chi 

md Messenger 
EwTj."3T Keller, R. D., Frold, V 
Milk River Valley. 

On Thanksgiving Day 

,''„|V i:'r.alicr and Sister Fike, 
," [■; 1 'inter. Bro. Fike gave us s 
special teaching r 

Lord's Prayer. Bro. Paint- 

Sin our song service during the WHkUfl *".*"- 
Christmas Program,_for ^vhich ^J^ ^{ y J'T^e and 

was rendered «■■ 
lative audience.— Cora Eastwood 


Meadow Brawn =»°f^ 
elder. Uriah Bixler. presi 1, .„ . " ''"; ,.,. iMec r e d Sunday 

Brethren FranH and John '-'■"■ ,„ „. as elected I 

school superintendents Bro^narri^ Devlin n ^ t ^ ^^ , 


tlstlng. school gave a progii 

i held April 

. series of 

weeks earlle 

., . ,,, ''',,.,;,. Meadow Branch S.,n.l.,y-«ch.,n1 

ZT Dec. 27. with Sisters Amanda Lemmo, 
tier, superintendents. Sister Etliel A. noi .\^ , 
Howard Warehime. treasurer. »' - ^ 

» begin 




)cspite tlie 
Funderburg, GUdford. 

Billings. ._.. 
string to change his I 
Is really needed, can 


Inlster in the Church i 


:en admitted to membership I 


B _The Mission Board of Nebraska met at the 1,,.,, 
"i. v ■',■.■!■ Omaha, Dec 15, In consultation v.i... 
.'' . ,,., I,,- |„.« Moines. Iowa. Arrangements 
in lim'to give a two days' Institute In 
^gregatlo^ln ^HebilSH Notice will be sent to 

. COOk, B. D. 4, Bl 
(Concluded on Page 32.) 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

"he Following Notes, Crowded Out of Last Issue, Are 
Given Space on This Page. 


Mount Carroll 

District Mission Board. Bro. 

jnday-school superintendent. 

excellent Christmas program. 

and nuts. All present .>n.ioye<l 

al members from the Hickory 

■ territory, whh 
he churchT With the gradual incn 
ery excellent spirit manifested In 
urlng the past year, the cause bl 
ripe, Mount Carroll, 111., Dec. 27. 
Ran church met In couni 
will lea 

Our Sunday-* 

Weit Brnnoh.— Our church 
elder, Bro. S. S. Plum, preside 
elected for 

las been baptized, 
to be baptized on 
, 111., Dec. 28. 

t. — Cora Miller, 

BlluvlUe.— i 
preaching. In 

conducted the sc 

January. I 

the Blissvllle 
ro. Geo. Swihs 
-Albert P. Bu 

r, for donating I 
used for hitching 

strip of land, adjolni 
Sunday. — Nellie 


Canton Centor. — This church me 
9. with Eld. Sprankel presiding. 

S' meeting Dec. 
One letter of membership 
use the Thanksgiving offer- 
unsaved families, and mem- 
decided ■ 

ported $75 earned du 

)1 offering to the General Mission Boari 
were elected for the following year, wit 
as superintendent, and Sister Ethel Baui 
I M, Taylor was chosen president of oi 
Meeting. The Sisters' Aid Society 

> not have i 

< been helping t 

■ China Miss 

Falrview church began i 

ouncll on the 1 

elected elder and correspondent for 
Kimmey. clerk; Sister Lydi: 

Sunday-school. We also ""- 

amora, Ohio, Dec. 26. 

Lima church met In c< 
time to elect officers for 
was retained as our eld 
Jesse Miller was chosen 
Freed as president of 

•; Bro. Roy Mc- 

Roback. superintendent of the 

Sunday-school and preaching 

lth good interest.— C. W. Stutzman, Met- 

* our superintends 

Christian Worker 

lng year. The Sunday- 

District i 

Prospect A^ 


of the District. — Elizab. 
ue, Lima, Ohio, Dec. 28. 
ec. 12 'our church met In ct 
I. S. Z. Smith were present, 
organized our Sunday 

school Normal, of 

Ohio, will be held In the Lima 

;pect a good 



Bro. Earl Heln 

i Sunday-school 

The interest : 

utpost Sunday-school. 

!. J. Gerber, Palmyra, Pa., Dec. 26 
Woodbury. — Eld. J. Kurtz Miller, 

until spring. — Harry 
Jrooklyn, N. Y., began 

fly studied in I 

: manifested. The at 
nlng. A call Is mad 
; made willing to ace 

Epistles Of Pete: 

■ooklyn. Bro. Nelsi 




Dec. 26. 


- What ,hc re f„ re Go,! had, Joined .o^.er, let no. «-» put asunder ■■ 

MnniOL'" ii.-tk-.'S slmiiM bo oo-<.m l >anlp.l l.,j .> con 

Crist-Yocum.— By the undersigned, 
ana Sister 1. 11- Ciist, Kansas City, Ks 
Roy E. Crls 

both of Kansi 

intvrrsted audience 

rlct Sunday-school Secretary, Slsi 

nteresting talk along 

Lottie A. Hlrt. R> 

Markle church i 


a liter, oorrespond- 

■s were also appointed 1 

Paul as superintendent, 
—Mary E. Heaston, R. D 

church officers. Bro. David Mei 

reelected clerk; Bro. John Geyer 

Hochstetler for 

decision of Annual Meet- 
Mission Board, with Sister Neva 
vear, Sister Myrtle Branson for 

i president. — B. . 

Lafayette Steele, presit 
brethren Daniel ~~ 
ved by letter, an 
have been received by baptism since our las 

Steele was chosen elder in charge; Bro. Arthu 
the writer, treasurer, Messenger agent and 
Bro. Arthur Long was also chosen Sunday-s. 

Alma Stump, cho 

■ Sunday, and preached : 

for ' 

preach 1 1 

l'nrni-liL-.l nearly fly. 

Curlew church 

dressed chickens, I 
Thanksgiving dinner for the poo 
Ided to have our love feast Oct. 23. we 
Eli L. Heestand, of Elkhart. Ind., to begin 
i two weeks previous to our feast. — M. S. 
Liberty, Ind., Dec. 24. 
et in called council Dec. 18, with the writer 
rch, Sunday-school and Christian Workers- 
officers were chosen. Letters of membership 

3, Norl 


respondent for the coming year 
s chosen Sunday-school superli 
ossnickle was "elected president i 
etlng. It was voted that those 

Grundy County ( 

neetings. On Sunday evt 
3oughnour officiated. It i 
nembers and those from . 

, J. Q. Goughnou 

unday-school children rendered 
remarkably well, considering the si: 

?e. Their work was much appre..'ia t>:-,l.— Mrs. J. W. Bar- 
104 Reed Avenue, Marlon, Ohio, Dec. 23. 
r Philadelphia. — Bro. Adam H. Miller, of Louisville. Ohio, 
a. revival at West Philadelphia, and preached twenty 

the song services. — Sister M. Waring. New P 

Valley. — The members of the Pleasant Valley 

B. F. Sharp, presided. Other ministers pr< 
5 David Minnicli, Ira Bloclier and John Rarick. 
rk was chosen Sunday-school superintendent; 
Bro. Herbert Mlkesell, church t 
:hurch clerk; Bro. Claude Mild 
n. Horine, Sunday-school sec re 
l series of meetings in Pebrua 
Ohio, Dec. 24. 

:Xt series Of meetings to be in the 
M. Albright and P. O. Shelter w 
our Sunday-school. Sister Bru 
e superintendents of the prlmar 
e Bible School to begin Jan. 10. 

Prairie City church 1 


election for church 
Crlpe was retained 
Ivan Cripe, 

and secretary 

intendent; Sister Nellie 

Jennie Diller. cler 

Bro. T. T. Williams, : 

• State Evangelist, labored faithfull 
re continued for three weeks. Two 
> awaiting baptism. Others seem 

-Cassie Carriei 

Co new a go. — One 

Gruber; for Conewago, Brethn 

January.— J. B. Aldinger, Eli 

Lebanon. — A special Chrisi 

Lebanon house on 

of recitations, esse 

conducting a serie 
country, preached 
close of the se^ 

-J. G. Francis, 139 S 
Lower Cumberland < 

he Mechanlcsburg he 

Bro. Hiram Kaylor, 

Lebanon, Pa., Dei 

Upper Cumberl 

and Bro. Olive 
Mecrianlcsburg, Pa.. Dec. 

well attended, 

Spring Cr«ek. — T 

Creek Sunday-school, Bro. 


Bnrket, Abram ,T„ tiled In Greenfield 
Pa., Of old age, Oct. 30, 1914, aged 83' y< 
days, Friend Burket was a faithful i 
church for upwards of about fifty ye: 
neighbor, and nearly alwayi 

Church of the B 

Sunday-school officers, 

■ elder for another year. John Staley, secretary. Officers for Christian Workers' Meet- 

trm feeling 

aged wife, t' 

daughter. One doughte" preceded hir 

One Is a deacon. Services by Eld. F. C. Dively. Text, Jot 
16; 28. Interment in the Upper Claar cemetery. — Annie 
Dively, Claysburg, Pa. 

Cline, Bro. George W„ son of J mils ami Ann.i (.'lino, bom 

K. Pike, of Cor- 

.rrled Catharin 

. She died Jan. 20, 

.sick only four days willi [Mit 
church by Bro. I. B. Garbei 
Mary E. Hc-asto 

3, Markle, Ind. 

rn Feb. 13, 1828. 

914, aged 86 yea 

Bro. Cope united 
id remained fallh- 
Valley church. 
Ilshler, Middlebury, Ind. 

sole church.— J. Franklin Brubaker. West Alexandria, Ohio. 

Gouglinour, Bro. David, died in the bounds of the Cloar cor 

gregation. Bedford Co., Pa., Dec. 20, 1914, aged 56 years, 

and returned home on Sunday at 9:30 A. M. In 

iful member of the 

KM Mi.-hael Claar. 
in the Lower Claar 
Dively, Clayslmix. 

Hartman, Dorwin, 

and 17 days. 

. — Lucy J. Hylton, 

In Elkhart Coun 

. series of meetings Dec, 5 at the 
ie, which closed Dec. 20. The meetings were 
nd the interest was good. Eight came out on 
The preaching was done by Eld. H. B. Yoder, 
ty. — Phares J. Forney, R. D. 8, Lancaster, Pa., 

was a faithful i 
, forty-five years. During 
When suddenly he becami 

Polly Crlpe about fifty ; 

John, Bro, Joseph, 

; Rock Run chu 
9. Interment 
>rkey, Goshen, Ind. 

before. Service: 

Mary Keever, 

death. His aged wife* a 

Ind., Dec. 18. 1914 

THE' GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 9, 1915. 

Church of the Brethren at SaJem, Ohio. He served his church 
aa deacon and clerk for many years. Services at the Roann 
church by Eld. Joseph Rife, assisted by Eld. I. E Warren 
Text, Psa. 23: 4. Interment In the Odd Fellows' cemetery near 

Co., Va., Dec. 

Sister Key i 
school. She ' 

teacher of 
Services by Eld. George 
4:13. — Wm. H. Coffman. R. D. 2, Fish ersvl lie', Va.~ 
Klnunri, Sister Elizabeth, of Elk Lick, Pa bor 
841, in Elk Lick Township, Pa., died Nov. 31,"l914 of ohxaIv' 
is, aged 73 years, 6 months «nrt 17 h q „= ok.' J"". 

be : 

visit, and 
stricken again ; 





s daughti 

, and lived 

:ee brothei 
daughter preceded 

of the Brethrei 
loyal. Interment 

Rev. 14: 13.— J. C.Beah; 

; writer. 

daughters, three brothers and one slater 

Sister Klmmel 
age of eighteen 

Lick, Pa. 

Snapper, Carrie Elizabeth, died 
ty, Pa., Oct. 10, 1914, aged 80 

brought to Claysburg by railroad, and from there "c'onv 
: Upper Claar church, where services were held by 

ansvllle, Blair Coun- 


County, Iowa, Ju 

was a member of the Seventh Day 
j. Dlvely, Claysburg, Pa. 
In York County, Pa., Nov. 7, 1831. 

Red Lion, Pa., Nov. 

i spent nearly i 

1 daye. His death i 

Caroline, nee Hanshew, born in Va 

841, died Dec. 18, 1914. aged 
days. When she was only a email ■ 
parents to Davis County, same Stal 

To this union 

Sister Ogden united with 
1910, In her later years 
ais. This Anally became 

: Falrview chun 

Falrmount, Ind.— Ella Hatche 
im May 23, 1832, died Dei 

H. Keller, Udell, 

■lis death was di 
W'iri.ii.rtvi- May .21, 1907." To 
The eldest preceded him In 

on, a father and mother. > ; (i 
by Bro. Hatcher In the 

t Fryberger Oct. 

Slaughter, Mahala, nee aim. 
ngham County, Va., tiled 

1854. Eight children 

2, 1914, aged 82 
His death was caused by apo- 
i. Alliance, Ohio. He waa mar- 
4, 1855. Thirteen children were 
i preceded him in 

Stuckey, Paris, Ohio. 
)orn March 7, 1835, In Rock- 
.9, 1914, aged 79 years, 9 
irrled to Henry Clark Nov. 
rn to this union, of whom 
ml County, Kans., In 1870. 

Clark ■ 
2, 1898 

narried to Bro. Geo. W. Slaughter, w; 
Deceased united with the Church of the 
. godly life until her death. 

> died Ju 

rvices by 

i ami lived 
the writer in the Parsons church, Kans. — W. H. MIIIl., _. 
South Eighteenth Street, Independence, Kans. 

Shofrotfi, Adeline, nee Funk, born Feb. 20, 1856, died Dec. 
• daughter in Alliance, Ohio, aged 

nths ; 

Freeburg, Ohio. 
TJlery, Sis 

Anna Grossnickle, t 

Text, Luke ! 

35-38. — D. F. Stuckey, Paris, 
George and Sister 

■ North Manchester, Ind., 

hs and 10 days. Jan. l, 187S, she w 

i Bro. Samuel P. Ulery. One son w 

nion. About 1890 she took into her home i 

girl, Nellie Lewark, 

West Manchester ch 

I. B. Book. — Maude Boyer, North Manchester, Ind. 

Walter, Sister Catharine, died in the bounds of the Claar 
congregation. Blair Co., Pa., Dec. 14, 1914, aged about 66 
years. Sister Walter suffered Intensely for the last year from 

nted. Having i 

had a lo 

. few brethn 
i feast with her 

t sisters ' 

She leaves her 

Dively. Text, Psa. 89: 47. Interment in the Upper Claar ceme- 
tery. — Annie L. Dively, Claysburg, Pa. 

Wilson, Mary, daughter of Shubel and Lydia Rich, born 
near Eaton, Ohio, April 22, 1894, died Dec, 12, 1914, aged 20 
years, 7 months and 20 days. She was united In marriage to 
H. Wilson April 28, 1912, by the writer, near Brook- 
io. She went to housekeeping at Union, Ohio, where 

Brighfs dls- 

assisted by Stanley C. Wenger. Tex 
ment in the Parish cemetery near by 

Wlngert, Mrs. Prudence, nee Stov 
died Dec. 8, 1914, aged 69 years, 11 n 
was the daughter of the late John 
granddaughter of William Stover, 


was a member of the Brethren in Christ church for about 
forty-five years. She was the wife of Rev. Laban W. Wln- 
gert, who preceded her in death thirty years. Surviving her 
are two sons, two daughters and two sisters. Services by 
Rev. Harry Shank, of the Brethren in Christ church, assisted 
by Eld. C. R. Oelllg. Text, Isa. 66: 13.— Jessie Demuth, 
Waynesboro, Pa. 

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Editorial, — 

The Death of Bm. Jos. Amlch 2S 

"What She (G. M.) 26 

Preparation for War ** 

Today and Tomorrow 2g 

Free Pamphlet on Military Law 26 

The Prayer Veil. By James M. Moore Jjj 

Angela. By Ezra Flory •• ■ ■ ■ ■ • ■ ■ 18 

An Open Bible and the Second Dispensation. By M. M. 

lifting UieVursc of Vodka. By Mnrc N. Cuodnow, .. 19 

A College Address. By D. Webster Kurt/. 19 

Are We Doing Our Full Duty? By 0. F. Helm -J 

Lost Opportunities. By Eleanor J. Brumbaugh -l 

The Bound Table. — 

Murdering Moses.— Wilbur B. Stover. A Good Heart 
Behind n Rough Exterior.— James A. S.-ll. Christmas 
at Greenville Brethren Home.— C. W. Mimm-h. Revi- 
sion of Conference Rules.— J. E. Miller. The Dove of 
Peace — W. J. Hamilton. Sunday-school Lesson for 
Jan. 17, 1916 22 

Home and Family, — 

The Circle Around the Christian Workers.— Adallne 
Hohf Beery. HomeleSfl Ones.— No. 15.— Dr. S. B. Miller, 23 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

(Concluded from Page 29.) 
Elk City.— We met In regular council Dec. 29. The writer 

pn-slded We reorganized our Sunday-school by electing the 
following officers: Bro. E. H. Caylor, superintendent; Sister 
Marietta Byerly. secretary and treasurer. We organized a 
Christian Workers' Meeting by .■hrting Sister Marietta Byerly 


-mining cl 

,[■ labor. Many pcopl- 

We also decided 

rornsnondent. W 

In Ellt City do not attend any cnurcn. we "upe "J i-e»«it <•■■>=.... 
We expect to hold a series of meetings here In January, if 
the weather is favorable. We have a very int.nstmg prayer 
meeting.— Lea nder Smith, Box 296. Elk Cily, Okla., Dee. 29. 

Prairie lake. — Bro. H. T. Brubaker, of Olathe, Kans., began 
u series of meetings at our church Dec. 5, which closed Dec. 
27 The weather throughout was very disagreeable. The 
brother labored earnestly, preaching the Word in truth and 
purity. He also delivered a splendid sermon on Christmas 
morning. Dec. 19 we held our love feast, at which Bro. Bru- 
baker utlieiuted. Twenty-one members surrounded the Lord's 
tables. We held our council Dec. 26. The usual officers were 
elected, with Bro. J. E. Beard us Sunday-school superintend- 
ent! and Bro. Fred Root as president of the Christian Work- 
ers" Meeting.— (Mrs.) Eda A. White, Avard, Okla., Dec. 29. 

Weston. — Our series of meetings, conducted by the home 
ministers, closed Dec. 27. There were seventeen discourses in 
all. The writer delivered the first eight and Eld. J. II. Gor- 
don the last nine, Good attention was given to the Word 
preached, and resolutions were made to give tiie Bible more 
study. Our love feast was held Dec. 28,_when twenty-one 
i enjoyed : 

present, and assisted In 1 

presiding. He 
i congregation 

his home In 

spring of 1S79 and has 

the elder of 
organization. At the 
unanimously retained as elder. Sister Sarah 
, clerk; Bro. J. H. Gordon, Messenger agent; 
Sunday-school, ami 

in the Car- 

good order and attention, and everybody enjoyed the feast. 
Eld. Samuel Hertzler, of Ellzabethtown, Pa., officiated, assisted 
by our elder, Bro. Jos. A. Long. Bro. H. Wldders, of Har- 
rlsburg. Pa., preached for us on Sunday morning, and also 
remained for the love feast In the evening. Although It 
snowed nearly all day and evening, yet quite a number of 
friends attended the services. — Abram, S. Hershey, 156 West 

■ Mission, 3255 Kensington Avenue). — 
rst report we have enjoyed a short series of meet- 
ated only one week, but we had planned to make 

■ pastor baptlzi 

■ been active i 

that site can not ( 
dened today by 

i burden of wasted years. We were sad- 
i death of one of our little girls. Our 
of twenty children from ten to fourteen 

Bro. Bowman explained I 

Heavenly Father called for Mary at the very time these chil- 
dren were praying. We believe that God answered this 
prayer by enabling the parents of little Mary to say, "God's 
will be done."— Lydia Humphries, Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 30. 
Bed Bank. — Church work here Is progresslngnlcely. Wlth- 
: few weeks several 1 

brother has been restored. We n 
Helsey presided. We elected offlci 

and Frank Broclou 

i clerk; Brethren Paul Shu- 
lers; Sister Will Sullivan, 
services. Our pastor. 

i appropriate sermon, after which i 
g man accepted Christ. A number of others are a) 
persuaded. On Christmas evening our Christmas exer 

■ night, our churchhouse was entirely too small to ac- 
commodate the large crowd in attendance. Our seal course 
class has passed the examination BUCCeaBflllly in the study 
of the Old Testament, and' Is beginning the New Testament 
study. The attendance of our Sunday-school lias been very 
good, considering the cold, stormy weather. We have good 
offerings and splendid interest, — Narclssa Ferguson, R, D. 6, 
New Bethlehem, Pa., Dec. 31. 

Scalp Level church held a special Installation service for 
the Sunday-school officers and teachers for the coming year. 

i In charge of our pastor, Bro. H. S. Replogle, 
Our Chrlsi 

yell attended. 1 
i old and upwards, decided i 

■ members rendered (heir program ■ 


■ Win 

ivlll 1 

...„ In the Scalp Level house. Officers for the 
coming year will bo elected at that meeting— S. B. Hoffman, 
Scalp Level, Pa., Dec. 29. 

Shamokis. — Members here In Shamoltin, with the assist- 
ance of the District Mission Board, have purchased a lot upor 
which to build a new church. 1 

:o start the building at 

...„ tli at funds may be available, so 

rk can be pushed.— Levi K. Zlegle'r, Shamokin, Pa., 

by spring. We : 

White Oak. — Eld. Jacob Longenecker, of Palmyra, 
ran a series of meetings at the Longenecker house 1 
ontlnufng two weeks. His sermons proved a great I 

for the ensuing year: Sister 


for tl 


egatlon met In council Dec. 19. Eld 
presided. The following office 

Michael Reed. Mess< 
respondent. Bro. I. A. Reed was 
our Sunday-school, and Cecil Ret 


iger agent; the 
chosen superin- 

elected Sunday-school sup 

The writer was chosen superintendent 

department. Bro. Perry Ginger preached a vi 

interesting sermon the Sunday following. An offering 

A. H. Millei 

nine dollars was given for the Belgian Relief Fund. We also 
preached for us. — Vena S. Bussard, Bolar, Va., Dec. 
Sturnynlde church met in council Dec. 12. Eld. S. 

presided. Chun 


, Che: 

officers «'f 
elder- in chi 
r Boyd, Messengei 
espondent; Bro. M 


e; Sister Mate ' 

; Sisi 

M. E. Oswalt 

i giv 

Wash., Dec. 21, 

Wenatchee.— The membei 
19. AH officers for the ens 

Sister Katie Pobst, secretary- 

Christmas Eve. — Orpha Eby, Sunn 
this place met In council 

jamin Nickle: 


■ appointed : 

urer; Bro. Marvin Peters, 
Brethren H. A. Beckwlth 

■ritory was decided by 
an almost unanimous vote. The work passed off quietly. 
When only a few of us landed In this valley on April 12, one 
year ago, all things looked dark before us. There have been 
times of discouragement during the past year, but when we 
remember that two dear souls, who had not heard of our peo- 
ple, are now in the kingdom we are encouraged to press for- 
ward. — Alzina E. Rupel, Plain, Wash., Dec. 26. 


Smiths Chapel. — Dec. 12 Bro. D. M. Gllck, of Trevlllan, Va., 

came to conduct a series of meetings. The attendance was 

small, — due largely to inclement weather. There was rain 

interest was good. Though there were no additions, good 
seed was sown, and we hope for an Ingathering in the near 
future. The sermons were intensely interesting, being pre- 
ceded, each evening, by a brief talk on some of the places of 
Interest, which Bro. Gllck visited while touring in the Orient. 

closed Dec. 2a.— Erne E. Kahle, Littlesburg, W. Va., Dec. 28. 


Christmas was a very busy day with us at the mission. 
We decided, at our last council, to serve a dinner to our 
Sunday-school and church attendants, if funds could be 
secured. On receiving several free-will offerings from 
churches out of the city, we made preparations for this 
dinner, which many wece anxiously waiting to enjoy. 
Our "dinner was served on the love feast tables in the 
audience room of the mission. It was a very rough day, 
but many began to come long before dinner was ready. 
When the tables were ready, we tried to seat the old 
people and the fathers and mothers with families first, as 
we "soon saw we would have to have a second table, but. 
some of the children were too hungry to wait, and 
seated themselves at the- first table, so we let them eat 
where they were seated. We counted eighty-five at the 
four tables used at the first seating. At the second seat- 
ing there were almost as many more, which brought the 
number up to over 150. Thus, after plenty of hard work, 
we served one of the nicest dinners many of these little 
ones were ever permitted to enjoy. One poor, aged, 
homeless brother, who had seen eighty-one Christmas 
days, was seated near a~little babe who had only seen one. 
So there was a difference of eighty years in the ages of 
those represented at the table. 

We are now planning to take gladness into fifty of the 
poorest homes, by means 'of well-filled baskets of food, 
on New Year's Day. We are. quite sure that if oar breth- 
ren, outside of the city, could help to carry these baskets 
to these homes, and see the poverty-stricken conditions, 
they would feel amply rewarded for their efforts. We 
may say something next week of the New Year Gift. 

We are now in the midst of our series of meetings, con- 
ducted by Bro. J. M. Albright, of Gardner, Kans., as- 
sisted by his sister Mae, of Eldora, Iowa. The interest is 
good, and many souls are counting the cost. Will you 
pray for the success of this meeting? E. N. Huffman. 

502 Kentucky Avenue, St. Joseph, Mo., Dec. 29. 


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TheJospel Messenger 

Forty Years of Prepar 
A speaker al one of the sections of the American As 
location for the Advancement of Science at its recent 
■onvent.on ,„ Philadelphia. Pa,, treated the topic. " Forty 
' " ::' P ™P""'°» '°r Labor. and Tnen Fony Years Qf 
-abor. The speaker most conclusively demonstrated 

ureal Should we cut oui al 

. uul an our lane led needs and eel 

down to actual requirements, we would have money to 

■'; jr ' ''•">' <'" ^''aritahle and missionary endeavors 

then, too, dyspepsia, insomnia, and a lot of other ills' 
;"*.ced by luxurious living, might he banished. The 

simple life surely confers untold blessings. 

All Europe a House of Tears" 

:it™TA S li b * D '-. J° h " "■ Mot,. the.noted 
fewest words possible, 
ing his recent visit t,, 

ission worker, 
'Be woeful plight „? Europe 


nt churchn 


the br 


;r having finishe 
It is a real pleas 
n this matter seri 

forty years of profitable .__ 
; forty years of preparatory work 
! to note that scientists who have 
s consideration, accord due hon 
er a ripe experience, is dedicating the latest and 
ture years of his life to the work for which h 
ed himself so thoroughly. 

ople of New York 

Ruling Out a Noxious Drug. 
Some six years ago the first attempts were made tc 
secure a national enactment, prohibiting the inanufactun 
and sale of opium in the United States, except for purely 
medicinal purposes. The long and weary effort was final 
ly rewarded by success when, recently, the House ol 
Representatives passed the anti-opium bill, already favor- 
ably considered by the Senate. The measure provides all 
needed facilities to prevent general misuse of the drug Of s 

Heavy penalties for violation of the law are imposed, and S °""> 
the various provisions are definite and strict. Long-ex- "on," I 
■ sting abuses in the indiscriminate sale and use of the wh e re 1 
drug are likely to be corrected most effectually. Many P™sent 

Serious eff ?'""■„ ^ ^ '"* '""^ hi * hlv S ' ,OWl ' d 
deleterious effects, will now have an opportunity to re- ""•«" 
orm, without a probability of relapse. good S( 

Twenty Thousand Bibles Distributed. 

>wn that the charitably-inclined 
ulil distribute twenty thousand 
£• »uni. baskets to needy families, ihe New York Bi- 
on j at once ..tiered ,„ p| aC e a „eatly-bou.,d Bible 
in each basket And so ,t came about that while Christ- 
mas cheer gladdened the hearts of t he poor families re- 
membered ,„ the distribution, the Word of Life, thought- 
fully provided for them in their own native tongue, was 
sessie!! V b!\f raC ,' 0U "■ '° aWdt Wi "' ""•'" as a dailv P°'- 

,,e c befor ayS '°, C °" U '- Ma " y °' "' ese ><°P l < I"" 
never before possessed a copy of the Sacred Record and 
received it with unbounded joy. To luanv of them it 
may readily become "a savor of life/, hiding ,h , m< 
the pathway of peace and everlasting j„y. 

'!ic n view W th't rU?Sli " g ' a '"' *" expr, i ss « 'he rathe 
-look for a speed; IZ^l^^ ^ * 
teen the ehnr,.!,.,. ..r j?,, «>'ii.iuie relations be 

.f Europe, seems promising r>. 


that th, 

sen. II 

of Ge 

'hurchmen toward their fellow-workers in En, 

and ,o ,„o ,'„ * '""" ;'' ii """ si,i "" <° "eplore the 
" '? 'ook most hopefully towards a cessation of hn 
;.»■ Both sides, apparently, are anxiously awaiting 


when peace shall reign .„„ 

the Kingdom may again be promoted by : 


lack of 

ally se- 

National Pastimes. 

While it is generally admitted that the busin 
sion during the last few months has been un 
vere, the financial stringency does not seem to u* 
fected the popularity of baseball and football game 
our land. With total receipts well up into the millions 
the 'hard times" plea wouldhardly seem to be justified! 
,'■ i"!,' " that about 34 '°°° S ara « "«e played, in 
wbicli la'.OOO players took part, and between seven and 
eight million people were in attendance. Considering the 
lact that thousands upon thousands of people are report- 
ed out of employment, these figures are rather startling 
indicating that millions of people found money and time 
m plenty to attend the games. It would seem as if a love 
of pleasure practically dominates a large part of the 
people of our land, to the serious detriment, often of 
their higher interests. 

No Horses for War. 

In a number of counties, throughout the great State of 
Nebraska, there -are settlements of Amish, Mennonites 
and River Brethren,— together with a goodly number of 
our own members of the Church of the Brethren. Re- 
cently a horse buyer made the rounds of the rural sec- 
tions, offering large prices for all equines sound, in body 
?nd otherwise desirable. But no sooner had he told the 
farmers that he was buying these horses for shipment 
to Europe, to be utilized for war purposes, than he re- 
ceived the emphatic answer that no horses were for sale 
even at the attractive prices offered. The farmers ap- 
parently had agreed that no horses whatever should be 
Mid. merely to be slaughtered on European battlefields 
How praiseworthy their decision! "He that followed, 
righteousness and mercy, findeth life, righteousness and 
honor," says the wise man. 

nl fiinh, 

in the South. 
o the educational uplift of the 

of the "Rockefeller Founda- 
of its resources in that section, 
es are so greatly needed at the 
anvass of the Southern States 

in educational work, but also 
eans are not at hand to support 
e earnings of the agriculturist 
re as those of the more favored 
lorth. If educational facilities, 
un to llie needs, are to be provided, it must be done 

^r^lnl^lZStt' """ ri8 ' n h ™ "" 
purpose No better stimulus can be "given '"the 
neaus , d " Cl ° pmCnt ° "'= South than to provide the 
nd "he black 1 "' ' "" "' "" a ' n ing '°- r b ° ,h lhe white 

Giving Life to Others, 
w York hospital had three patients for 
...u« recovery it was absolutely essential that a' fair 
ransLion int °'" heal,l,y . P ersons be provided, by 




the daily pr. 

a hundred strong, healthy 
men were willing to pour the abundant current of their 
veins into the feeble and impoverished bodies, so sorelv 
m need of the vital fluid. I, is stated that the service is 

s.on, and that, in a number of recent cases, life has, in a 
very real sense, been given to the patients. Such a will- 
ingness to-be of vital service to other, is praiseworthy 
""Iced, tor the comparatively slight remuneration in no 
way compensates for the sacrifice of the precious life cur- 
rent, thus furnished, taking into consideration possible 

alv I eVi ,1 g '' n 7," S d ° n0r - H ° W trUe tb! " aI1 ,hc 
really best things in life come through sacrifice on the 

part of some one! Even the vicarious sacrifice of the 

Son of God on Calvary was freely given that all mankind 

might be saved through the efficacy of the atoning blood. 

The Conflict Still Rages 
A. this writing (f 00 „ 0[ JaM , ■ 

"Huts are being rushed into Alsace by Germany to s.m 
Ireiich advances farther „„,,i, ■ """.any. to stop 

,„ • .. , . arttui north, increased act vitv seem- 

to indicate that a decisive engaeemenl ic , . , 

tZ V '" Court,"' ,!,' '" ,'""""■* , " i " ""• French "" a " : 
"b"! Louriiet. — tlu- finest vessel of its naw 

to",", ,V A " S ' ria " s '""" a ™- in .be Adriatic wi,*" 
loss ol '.OK persons. I, is though, lha , ,,,, and ,, 

inayeuterthecontlicton ,,,e,,de,,r,,,eAm' ^tr 
Inch would add greatly to the seriousness of the , I' 
- Negotiations between the United States and Great 
anna™ V "', g '" ,in * vcr * ra pidly. Seemingly there 
, , „ rulK, ance on the part of Ihe British of- 

>° ly « d <0 our country the rights to which we 

Adverse Sentiment in Japan. 
If we may believe the reports of Dr. Scudder of Hawai 
and Dr. Gulick, of Japan.-men thoroughly fami ifr v I 
he situation of affairs in the Nippon^ Emp! ^ 
has developed, of late, a most unfortunate eh 7 

Htude toward America, on the par, of ft. ranked fi" 
II is said that this deplorable feeling has grown 
the utterly mistaken notion that America wants >v ar 
that it must come , om . ,; mD , , . wdnrs war- 

. o...c some time.— and that it might as we! 

come right now. Tins idea is assiduously fostered by wa, 

e.illmsi.Lsis. who i, ,,mt t,, le.M'shtnm ,„ crtm c .u ,; -^ 
Coast States, declded.y aZse To" f£? ^f^ 
pose of pouring oil upon the troubled waters" it is 
proposed to have Prof. Shailer Mathews, of Chicago' 

c es of' ,h r / ^ ; fed . l ° al '° VC ' Wsit ,he P™«P»' 
cities of the Island Emp re. Thcv arc tn ma |, l- 

. ' i - "icy are to make known 

to the Japanese the real feeling of the American Chris 
swer o' T T " C P ' an u ' S P raiSeWO »hy. "A soft an- 
swer tunieth away wrath.' according to Solomon's pre- 
cept, and there is no reason ,„ ,,„.,„, „,,. nr ,„- "., pre 
mi inji. i-rjetieally a|i- 

eill sill! , 


i Convictions in Business, 
ation of the fact that e' 

The Simple Life Always Best. 
When the " Dawes Hotel" was erected in Chicago by : 
loving father in memory of his departed son it wa. 
planned to take care of the " down-and-out " in a prac' 
lical. common-sense way. It was not the aim to extend 
its benefits absolutely without charge,— lest pauperism 
be fostered,— but to exact a small fee from each one for 
bed and breakfast furnished him. Fourteen cents is the 
'.".a! amount asked, and only a trifle more is charged for 
extra accommodations. While it would seem almost im- 
possible that the hotel could be maintained at so low a 
rate, careful management has succeeded in making both 

ends meet. Its crowded m n H;i; n n ^-„u 



A splendid illu 
large business CO 

principles, is afforded by the Commercial" Press, Limited 
01 Shanghai. China, the largest publishing house in ft. 
Onem. with branch offices in a thousand other cities 
I he managers are Christian, and the stockholders are al 
least Christian sympathizers. Recently the attention ol 
the firm was called to one of their books which in its 
teachings, was somewhat inimical to Christianity'. The 
decision of the firm was as prompt as praiseworthv. for 
at once the entire edition in question was withdrawn from 
circulation. No more copies are to be sold until the work 
has been thoroughly revised, the assurance being this 
We have always intended to be a help to Christianity 
not a hindrance, and we hold to it, though it means in 
.his instance, a financial loss." We are wondering how 

meet. „s crowded conditio,;,^ 7™n7£" I h™. dollaVs ' aT'cenrs Tprhidples "o"f Tigh, 8 T^'", '"'"if 
t is a veritable Godsend to the homeless ones. • To firm's " Golden Ride'' treatment of its m' I ' 

re cleai, ^\^Z^^^ ^ %*££ TZ^Z^tt^ !^ T"'^ "**"""> 

f j eu„aiuci4iioiis, are sure I,, leave their impress. 

The Unfailing Detector. 
Wonderful, indeed, are the various -uses of the X ra 
apparatus, as applied by the skilled medical practitioner, 
but decidedly novel ,s the utilization recently made of ,, 
m the port of New York. When some thousands of 
bales of cotton were to be shipped to Europe, the British 
government wanted to he quite sure that none of them 
contained "contraband of war,"_articles thaf*e ruled 
out from exportation. Specially designed high-power 
machines were used in this work, to make sure that no 
arms, ammunition or other forbidden things would reach 
the Germ»n army. Had there been a disposition thus to 
hide various articles, now under the ban, they would 
have been quickly discovered, to ,he great discomfiture 
ol both the shipper and consignee. The remarkable 
power of the X-rays may, therefore, well be regarded as 
a most signal triumph of man's-genius. And ye, ,t should 
not be forgotten that the Great Judge, on the day of final 
accounts, will be a still more accurate and unfailing Detect- 
or ,,l the things securely hidden from the sight of man Be 
fore that penetrating Eye. the. innermost thoughts a.,,1 
intents of the human heart will be naked and open. The 
various happenings of man's life, recorded on memory's 
ineffaceable tablet, will be read like an open book \s w ■ 
think of the solemn time when none shall escape' the 

searching scrutiny of him who is seated upon lhe i ne 

tile sense of our tremendous responsibility almost ovel 

whelms us. We can but pray for grace ton 

may be wholly devoted to the things of the Kingdom 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 


Did You Think to Pray? 

Ere you left your room this morning 

Did you think to pray? 
In the name of Christ our Savior 
]»id you sue for loving favor 

As a shield today? 
When you met with great temptations 

Did you think to pray? f 
Ity his dying love and merit 
Did you claim the Holy Spirit 

As your guide and stay? 
Whei/your heart was filled with ang< 

Did you think to pray? 
Did you plead for grace, my hrother. 
That vou might forgive another 

Who has crossed your way? 
When sore trials came upon you 

Did you think to pray? 
When your soul was bowed in sorrov 
Balm of Gilead did you borrow 

At the gate of day? 

. the 


Oil, how praying I 

Prayer will change the night to day; 
S.i when life seems dark and dreary 

Don't forget to pray. 

The Bible. 


The word Bible means book. It is not a book but 
" the Book" There is no other like it. Solomon 
wrote one thousand and five songs. Only one of said 
number was divinely inspired, and hence we call it 
•• The Song of Solomon." The whole Bible is divine- 
ly inspired, hence we call it " The Bible." It is The 
Word of God " " God is not the God of the dead, but 
of the living." Hence " The Bible" is " The Living 
Book " Of course, " The Word of God " is used in 
two senses, but both are the same in some respects 

1. We have " The Bible," or the " Written Word of 

2. We have " God manifest in the flesh, or the 
inraniofe " Word of God." " His name is called the 
Word of God." Hence Paul says, "Preach the 
Word." „, . 

1. The Bible is a " Living Book." Christ says, 
" The words that I speak unto you. they are spirit, and 
they are life." Paul says, " The Word of God is liv- 
ing " (R. V.). Peter says, " The word of God. which 
liveth and abideth for ever." "God is a Spirit." 
He is a living God. hence, in a spiritual and divine 
sense, his Word is a Lining Word. Only life can im- 
part life. And the law of life is. " After his kind." 
If the Word of God is spirit and life, well may Christ 
say " If thou wilt enter into life, keep the command- 
ments." Well may John by the Spirit say, " Blessed 
are they that do his commandments," that they may 
have right to the tree of life." 

2 The Bible is unchangeable Paul speaks of the 
incarnate Word, " Jesus Christ the same yesterday, 
and today, and for ever!" If the Word of God is 
unchangeable, then it will never pass away* Isaiah 
savs " The word of our God shall stand for ever." 
Christ stys. " My words shall not pass away." 
Thomas Paine once said, " In fifty years the Bible 
will be out of print." We suppose that if he were 
vet living he would be ashamed of his prophecy. We 
'are told that on the spot where this prophecy was 
uttered, there now stands a Bible depository that 
sends forth its millions of Bibles. While skeptics, 
all along, have been predicting that in a few years the 
Bible would become obsolete, all their predictions 
have been false. God is infinite. His Book is in- 
finite. Infinity beams forth on every page to the 
spiritually-minded. Men's books become stale. They 
lose their freshness, and die with their dead authors. 
The Bible ever lives with its living Author. 

3. " The Bible is indestructible." Satan is the ad- 
versary of God. This accounts for the fierce hatred 
that the Bible has received in all ages. He hated the 
incarnate Word of God. and ever sought to destroy 
him. He no less hates the written Word of God. 

In every conceivable way he has labored incessantly 
and maliciously, to annihilate the Bible. But like 
God's people, the more he afflicted and persecuted 
them, the more they multiplied. He labored hard to 
destroy the Written Word, but the more it multiplied. 
He labors incessantly and vigorously to destroy the 
spirit of it. but all to no avail. He employed kings, 
false prophets, false apostles, false teachers, false 
brethren, traitors, spies, etc., but all to no avail. 
Even " oppositions of science, falsely so called," have 
failed. " Higher Criticism " may create some unbe- 
lief in the minds of those who are not spiritually 
minded, yet the Bible will remain the same living 
Word of God. "A Tharisee, named Gamaliel, a 
doctor of the law, had in reputation among all peo- 
ple." said, " Refrain from these men, and let them 
alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it 
will come to nought: but if it be of Godf ye can not 
overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight 
against God." How applicable are these words to 
the opposition that the Bible has met with! Even 
as Christ says, " The gates of hell shall not prevail 
against it." It is surely indestructible. 

4. The Bible must be a living Book because of its 
wonderful growth. Life means growth. Things dead 
can not grow. Permit a few of the many" quotations 
of this class : " The word of God increased " (Acts 
6: 7). "The word of God grew and multiplied" 
(Acts 12: 24). " So mightily grew the word of God 
and prevailed" (Acts 19: 20). " 

When the Word of Life is received into good and 
honest hearts, it will be to the spiritually minded: 
(1) The \iie-giving Word. (2) The Wit-transform-, 
ing Word. (3) The Mis-sustaining Word. " Thy 
word hath quickened me." " You hath he quickened, 
who were dead in trespasses and sins." Note the 
transforming power of the Word, "We all, with 
open, face beholding as in a glass the glory of the 
Lord, are changed into the same image from glory 
to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord." 

This is continually being verified. Let no one say 
that the Bible is not a living and life-giving Book. 
" Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of 
eternal life." Even as our living Lord, "who is 
made, not after the law of a carnal commandment, 
but after the power of an endless life." Permit us 
also to add the golden text of the whole Bible, " For 
God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten 
Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not 
perish but have everlasting life." 

,ei Bible, how I lov 
it doth my b 


Hartville, Ohi, 

Tactfulness That Wins. 


There is no other. Tact always wins. Force fails ; 
tact, never. It is a mightier instrument than force. 
Even the sword can not challenge its mastery. Tact 
removes barriers, overcomes difficulties, and safely 
evades perils which may involve force, brain, and even 
genius in ruin. 

" Wisdom is better than weapons of war," said 
the man whose experience extended through all the 
ordinary affairs of life, and to the higher realms in 
religion and statecraft. He declares that a ten-panel 
cabinet of advisors does not equal it for administra- 
tion. It, according to this authority, excels the power 
of money in this remarkable feature, " It giveth life 
to them that have it." 

All this may be seen in the life of Jesus. He fought 
the most vicious enemies, — sectarian wolves, — and yet 
he did not yield his principles, give, up his purposes, 
or even surrender his life until he was altogether 
ready. He had an invincible defense, — tact, wisdom. 
It made him supreme in all emergencies and among 
all men. 

An incident, often referred to as illustrating the 
tact of Jesus, is his conversation with the Samaritan 
woman at Jacob's well. 

Three giants had to be overcome in that case, — ig- 
norance and superstition, conventionality in etiquette, 
and, worse, in religion. These are strong things. 
Few can successfully meet them, but see them fall 

before his touch! Look how he dismantles the prob- 
lem. See what is falling, and what remains. Do you 
master his method? Cleaving away everything that 
is distinctly Jewish, or Samaritan, and leaving ex- 
posed the real things, — sin and truth .' 

The superficial observer sees the Master's tact only 
in his asking for a drink of water. Well, why not 
in his asking about the husband? This woman knew 
the way of ensnaring husbands as .perfectly as she 
knew the path to the well. She could travel either 
road with ease and certainty after night. His tact 
lay deeper than that. Approaches are not victories. 
Haven't you found that to be true? It came from a 
more sweeping and compelling source, the only source 
from which it ever can come,— character! 

The woman saw superiority. Just like you see a 
towering tree, alone, amidst the forest group. Char- 
acter gave her eyes, in the same manner that the sun 
gives you eyes. By this acquired force she dropped 
all her prejudices, penetrated Jewish' garb and earthly 
guise, went from Mount Gerizim to loftier heights, 
and on to the eternal towers of " in spirit and- in truth." 
Standing in the clear light of his matchless character. 
■ the hitherto silent comparisons came running and 
clamorous. Their eagerness overwhelmed her. Borne 
upon this tide, she forgot all save her people, her sin, 
and the Christ. 

One thing more. She, though a Samaritan, had 
feelings— the same as the Son of God. There Jesus 
treads so softly. With what fineness of address he 
uncovers her sensitive soul ! And no less wonderful 
is the earnest response that so quickly leaps from that 
jaded and vulgarized life. 

Tactfulness, then, is not flattery, is not shaded with 
the poison of deceit, is not soaked with cunning, as 
some suppose, but it is the radiance of character,— 
sweet arrows that do not harm, shot from the bow of 
truth, with the skill and gentleness of the Master 
Covina, Col. 

The Greatest of Foreign Mission Fields. 


The greatest foreign mission field of which I have 
any knowledge, and the greatest in the world, from 
the standpoint of opportunity, as I take it, is found in 
our great centers of population, such as Chicago. 

A square look into the conditions, as we find them, 
will, I believe, prove the correctness of this statement. 
Chicago's population, with more than two million 
souls, is, we are told, three-fourths foreign.^ It goes 
without saying that mission work in such a city, — and 
all our large cities are alike in this.— is largely a mis- 
sion to the foreigner. A look, therefore, into the con- 
ditions of these people,— their customs, tendencies, 
and the relation of the homeland to their being in 
America, will reveal some facts worth' while. 

The difference in the volume of immigration today, 
and that of the past, is worthy of notice. A number 
of things, in connection with this, are of vital im- 
portance, and enter into the making of this wonder- 
ful, world-wide opportunity. Among these may be 
noted: (1) The greatly increased numbers; (2) the 
different countries from which they are coming. This 
naturally directs attention to the difference in their ■ 
customs, habits, etc. 

Taking the immigration from Europe, — for it is 
from here that ninety-three per cent of all our immi- 
gration comes,— prior to 1883 nineteen-twentieths of 
it came from the United Kingdom, Germany, Scandi- 
navia, Belgium, France and Switzerland. At' that 
time only a little more than one-eighth of the immi- 
gration from Europe came from the Eastern and 
Southern portion. Today four-fifths of the European 
immigration comes from that section. The countries 
which gave us our rich influx of home builders, prior 
to 1883, are sending fewer now. The " old " immi- 
grant, as we shall call him, came here to become a 
citizen, to acquire a home and to establish his chil- 
dren in the land. The earlier arrivals were largely en- 
gaged in agriculture before they came here, and usual- 
ly became farm laborers upon arrival. And because 
of their frugality, the laborers of yesterday became 
the farmersof today. They formed an important 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 

factor in the development of all the territory west of 
the Alleghany Mountains. So rapid was the process 
of assimilation that the social identity of their children 
is now almost lost and forgotten. The extent of the 
immigration decline, as far as Northern and Eastern 
Europe were concerned, will be seen by the following : 
Germany sent over eight times as many, thirty years 
ago, as now. Ireland gave us 76,000 then, and only 
25,000 now. Sweden's contribution fell from 64,000 
to 20,000; Switzerland's from 10,000 to 3,000. 

As we have already stated, — the " old " immigrants 
came to stay. Among them only sixteen out of every 
hundred go back to their home in Europe, while thir- 
ty-eight out of every hundred of the " new " go back. 
Among those who help to cut down the high percen- 
tage of returning immigrants, are the Jews of Eastern 
Europe. They come over in great numbers, and very 
few of them go back. The " old " immigrants came 
with their families, — more than two-fifths of the num- 
ber being females. Not so with the " new," of whom 
only a little more than one-fourth are females. The 
average " old " immigrant was able to exhibit $40 
to the inspector; the " new " but $16. 

More than thirteen times as many illiterates come 
to us among the " new " as came among the " old " 
immigrants. Yet, with all this, " all authorities agree 
that in the ' new ' we have a diamond in the rough, — 
a human being who is just as capable of transforma- 
tion into a good citizen as his more fortunate brother 
from Northern Europe." The process is a longer and 
more tedious one, and therefore it is the more im- 
portant that we take up the task. The " old " immi- 
grant readily was assimilated into our national life, 
and has become part of the bone and sinew of our 
country. A single illustration will suffice. The Ger- 
mans have sent over more people than any other coun- 
try, except the United Kingdom. The pioneers in the 
German migration were the Mennonites, who, in 1682, 
followed the path of the English Quaker, and are 
said to be the first that raised their voice against 
slavery and the liquor traffic. They were soon fol- 
lowed by the Scandinavians, of whom it has been said, 
there is no second generation, since their children 
become so thoroughly American. 

The " new " immigrant is composed of the Greek, 
the Italian, the Pole, the Bohemian, the Austrian, and 
the Russian Jew. In 1870 only twenty Greeks ar- 
rived. - Now close to 30,000 come each year. The 
Italian influx has increased from 3,000 to a quarter of 
a million at present. Austria-Hungary sent over 
fewer than 5,000 in 1870, but today they are coming 
at the rate of more than a quarter of a million a year. 
The Russians had barely started to come in 1870, but 
3,000,000 of them have come over since. 

But what of this? The present immigrant move- 
ment is more economic than idealistic. With due re- 
gard to other reasons, the great majority have come 
because they thought America offered better oppor- 
tunities to get on in the world. This is clearly seen 
in the " new " immigrant who returns, but is none 
the less true of those who stay. This is proved by the 
fact that the tide rises high in fat years and falls low 
in lean ones. The " new " immigrant does not come 
to be a citizen, but to make money, and to go back 
home and live in comparative ease. Two-thirds of 
this immense population come from rural sections. 
These people are dumped into our big centers of 
population," where speedily vice surrounds them, and 
subsists upon them. There the immigrants come in 
touch with all the worst effects of our civilization, 
and none of its better phases. 

More than nine-tenths of the Swedes and the Swiss, 
entitled to citizenship papers, have them. Seven- 
eighths of the Germans, Welsh, Danes and Nor- 
wegians have taken them out. Four-fifths of the 
■Irish, English, Dutch and Scotch have become citi- 

On the other hand, only one-eighth of the Servians 
have taken out their papers. One-fifth of the Greeks 
and one-third of the Bulgarians have applied for citi- 
zenship. Seven-tenths of the South Italians hold 

The opportunity of the church appears in the fact 
that many of these people, — approximately a million a 

year, — who are now coming to our shores and settling 
in great numbers in our cities, do not come to stay 
but return to their former homes. The agencies that 
are at work and are responsible for the great numbers 
that are coming over may become the very avenue 
by which the church is to take to these countries the 
Message of the Christ, if she will but respond to her 
opportunity and duty. Immigration laws prohibit the 
solicitation of immigrants. A penalty of $1,000 is 
imposed on those that prepay transportation, or assist 
and encourage immigration. The issuance of circu- 
lars or advertisements in foreign countries, inviting 
immigration, renders the parties liable to the penalty. 

The great cause of this great westward movement 
is the letter writer and the returning immigrant. It is 
from them that the European peasant hears of this 
land of high wages. " There is scarcely a village in 
Southern and Eastern Europe that has not contributed 
its share to the immigrant tide, and, in fact, scarcely 
a man or woman who has not a father, a brother, an 
uncle or cousin, over here in America, or one who 
has been here." 

We are told that $30,000,000 a year is sent back in 
American money orders. The whole neighborhood 
hears about it when a money order arrives. What 
would happen to the villages, scattered all over Eu- 
rope, if the church would rise to her opportunities 
and convert these foreigners at our very door. This 
could be done with much less cost and with a great 
deal more rapidit/than to send missionaries into these 
countries, where they will have to learn their lan- 
guage, and where the foreigner does not have the ad- 
vantage of being acquainted with the English lan- 
guage, nor American customs, etc. Why not convert 
these people before they go back, as they will, in per- 
son, with their letters and with their money, and let 
them take with them a message of the crucified 
Christ? The returning immigrant takes to his old 
home American photographs and articles of dress, and 
a desire for American customs. In the villages of the 
remote mountain districts one can hear an American 
talking machine grinding out American ragtime music. 

What an opportunity for the church to enter these 
colonies of foreigners, who, left to themselves, may 
be a menace to the welfare of our country! Why 
not carry to them the Message of Salvation and put 
them in possession of the Word of Life, to be carried 
back to their homes and friends? It is possible, in 
this way, for every hamlet and village, over all the 
country whence these people came, to hear the Gos- 
pel Story. Where, in all this broad land, is there 
such a wonderful opportunity as is found in our 
large cities? May we get the visioif of this waiting 
harvest and of the ripening grain fields! 

3442 W. Van Buren Street, Chicago, III. 

The World Conflict. 

"How long, O Lord" (Rev. G: 1(1)? 

The Revelator tells us that the souls of those who 
were slain for the Word of God, cried out, in their 
apparent distress, to be avenged on their persecutors. 
We gather from this statement that the agonizing 
distress of the persecuted reaches to the next world. 
The mercy of the Lord is extended to those who 
have suffered for their testimony and belief in Jesus, 
while living in this present evil world. 

Today we are confronted by a great world conflict, 
in which nations are seeking to avenge themselves 
for supposed wrongs, brought to bear upon them by 
their enemies. As we view the present situation of 
the nations, we are caused to exclaim: "How long, 
O Lord, must the ruling of the carnal nature of man 
continue in the world, instead of the divine nature, 
which lifts men and nations above the slaying of 
thousands, in order that a few may be hailed with 
titles of worldly honor! How long, O Lord, shall 
dismay, destruction of property and ruin of homes 
continue ! " 

Shall men, who call on the God of the universe for 
aid, and who claim to be believers in Jesus Christ, 
continue to slay the noble young men,— the flower of 

the land, — and do this in the name of him who came 
to bring peace on earth and good will to man? 

Jesus taught that nation would rise up against na- 
tion and wars would continue until the time of his 
coming, but he evidently did not intend that his dis- 
ciples should be engaged in the conflict. 

When we think of the suffering of children and 
widowed mothers, we wonder if their souls do not cry 
out, "How long, O Lord, will this carnage go on?" 
We, who are viewing from a distant land the devas- 
tation of the war, and are moved with compassion to 
supply food for the starving thousands, also exclaim, 
" How long, O Lord, shall men who believe in God 
and his Son, sink so low in carnality as to kill, by the 
thousands, their fellow-men?" There must be a 
spirit of unbelief in God that leads men and nations 
into the great conflict now going on. When will 
men learn that, instead of seeking revenge for sup- 
posed injustice, they should pray for their enemies 
and those who despitefully use them? 

Jesus came to save men, — not to destroy them. 
Nations kill men by the thousands and it is called 
war, but when an individual takes the life of a fellow- 
man it is murder in the eyes of the law, and the mur- 
derer must pay the penalty by giving, his life. 

The supreme purpose, in every man's life, ought to 
be to save his fellow, and not to destroy him. How 
long, O Lord, will these conditions continue? Our 
conclusion is that so long as militarism rules ,the 
minds of the people of the nations, so long aspiring 
men will be found to lead the nations to deadly con- 

Skeptical men are viewing the great conflict and 
saying, "If these war atrocities are the acts of Chris- 
tian men, we prefer to be classed among the heathen." 
These writers forget that Christianity is more than a 
name, and they should seek out the few who have 
washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb. Using 
these as a standard, by whicK to measure the cause 
of Christianity and the teachings of the Prince of 
Peace, they will soon see that Christ and war can not 
possibly agree. 

Lanark, III, 

An Open Bible and Human Government 


My optimism in grasping " the order in the uni- 
verse, as adapted to produce the most good," — is 
filled with hopefulness and good cheer, for God is be- 
hind my hopefulness and I am not at all disposed to 
chloroform that " good cheer," so as to blind my sight 
to the evils that permeate human government. The 
war, now on in " civilized Europe," is the great har- 
vest of sin that trickles all through the nations who 
think that "armed peace " is the panacea for all their 
ills. And now, since " armed peace " has turned in- 
to the most cruel, damaging stream of blood, known 
in history, all the boasted efforts to turn the world 
over to Christ, at his coming, made ready for his 
glory, have gone glimmering, as all of man's " ready- 
made " things usually do. 

Let us next look at the age begun by Noah, and 
ending with the judgment of the " confusion of 
tongues." The people of that dispensation surely re- 
ceived the "gift of tongues" that destroyed unity, 
and brought separation and utter confusion to a united 
people. After the confusion, Babel continued, and 
war among nations was made possible. 

God gave Noah the principles of human govern- 
ment to conserve unity, not to be frittered away on 
lust of greed and power. Here, then, are high prin- 
ciples given to Noah and his posterity for human 
government. The rule of conscience, — a great gift to 
individuals, — was spoiled by man, and resulted in but 
a remnant for God, — just eight souls! Fruitfulness. 
— increase, — was to bring the earth to its former 
fullness, — to show forth the possibilities of Divine 
principles as applied to the earth, — to have under 
control the beasts of the earth, and the fowls of the 
air, and the fishes of the sea. To man was given the 
right to eat of the living creatures and the vegetables 
of the field. He had the judicial right to take human 
life, — perhaps the highest function given to man then, 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 

Man was conditioned not to eat " flesh with the life 
thereof," which is blood. 

Here was a new TEST for human intellect and a 
spiritual mind. All the old was swept away by the 
judgment of the flood. Only a remnant of humanity 
remained, and that remnant belonged to God. Here, 
for the first time, is revealed government by man and 
for man. God made man responsible for the govern- 
ment of the human race, and put into man the ability 
to govern righteously. There was no Jew, as yet. All 
were one common race. There was one language 
upon the earth. Man could have but one motive,— 
to govern wisely and to be happy as God counts 

There is no evidence that Noah did not have every 
facility to start human govemment with wisdom and 
sound sense. God made a covenant with Noah that 
was just. No other flood should ever sweep over the 
earth. Every living creature was put under man's 
dominion. Of course, as usual, Noah soon, fell into 
drunkenness, which has been constant in man's being 
ever since. Thus was sobriety, early in that age, 
spumed by men. Wisdom has, ever since, tried to 
throw off this shackle. Sobriety is a great, good 
principle in human government. It always uplifts. 
Never, out of sobriety, have come crimes against man. 
It never debauches, never brings rags, famine, misery, 
woes, disgrace, and early graves. 

Coming westward, the human family entered the 
plaifl of Shinar, the most beautiful and naturally 
wealthy country on the globe. Centuries had passed, 
changes had come, people grew self-willed, proud, and 
self-reliant. God was less honored, more forgotten, 
and man was given to carnal ways. God was not 
wholly in their thoughts, though he had given them 
clearly-expressed knowledge how to keep close to him 
and heaven. 

As the people of that day thought to "climb up 
some other way," they *aid to each other: "Go to, 
let us make brick, and turn them thoroughly. And 
they had brick for stone, and slime for mortar." " Go 
to, let us build us a city " (Babylon), " and a tower " 
(Babel), " whose top may reach unto heaven, and let 
us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon 
the face of the earth." " Man " yet mixes " slime " 
with his building material— the slime of evil. 

God said, "Replenish the earth,"— not just the 
plains of Sharon. Bring its former increase, its 
great productions, its chief blessings of life, its true 
purpose, over all the earth, but here man went his 
way. He went after his own thoughts. " Let us 
make us a name." Let us take steps to remain to- 

God brought the judgment of confusion of tongues, 
and they became nations instead of one people. Man 
made a failure of human government, and God turned 
to creating a nation out of Abraham, so that he might 
continue to deposit the promise of a coming Savior. 

Did God have a remnant at the close of the Noahic 
age? He did. He found an Abraham and a Sarah, 
an Isaac and a Rebecca, a Jacob and his twelve sons 
who, after severe testings with their offspring, were 
fitted in fiber for national existence. Their privileges, 
their equipments, their blessings and losses will be 
observed in the next article. 

Man made a failure in the ages past by going his 
own way. yet God was victorious. Principles, — not 
men, — are strung together by Jehovah, for success! 

Tropica, Cat. 

nhood, to identify himself 

A Useful Life Gone. 


Not in what the world calls great, but beautiful be- 
fore God was the life of our dear father, John C. 
Demy. He was born in Dauphin County, Pa., near 
Paxtang. Sept. 7. 1832. and died at his home in As- 
toria. III.. March 15, 1914. -He was of German de- 
scent.— the eldest son of Christian and, Sarah Demy 
(nee Haverstake). who were Lutherans by faith. 

From his youth he was interested in singing and re- 
ligious services. He made use of every opportunity 
to attend singing school and revival meetings. This 
led him to search for the truth in God's Word, and, in 

the prime of his 
the Lord's people. 

Jan. 24, 1856. he was married to Mary Sellers, of 
Lancaster, Pa., Rev. \. J. Strine officiating. Seven 
daughters and three sons were born to them. After 
seeking for the true religion am6ng the various 
faiths, he at last found with the Brethren his real 
church home, and both of them were baptized in 1861, 
at Hanover, Pa. Early in their Christian life they 
established the family altar, when, each morning, all 
the children could be present. I also well remember, 
from childhood, the evening prayers, as I heard them 
while lying on my trundle bed. 

All the children, neighbors and friends still cherish 
the impress of his cheerful life, which the picture so 
well represents. He had a pleasant greeting for all, 
even strangers. No beggar or tramp was ever turned 
away empty-handed. In the home he was the center 
of spiritual life, bearing his radiance into many a sick- 
room, with encouraging words to trust all to Jesus, 

In his younger years he was never too weary from 
the toil of the day to refuse his songs to the children 
while rocking them to sleep. In his later years he 
often spent much time in the evening, singing over 
his old familiar hymns. As the children grew up, 

his advice and instruction were the best. " Honor the 
aged, seek the best company, be honest, and fear God." 
He urged them to attend church with due regard for 
the services. 

Almost invariably, father sang a song of praise in 
the morning, as he arose from his bed and was going 
about his labors. This left a beautiful memory for 
the children,— one they still cherish. 

He served forty years in the ministry, — over half 
of that time in the second degree. He baptized many, 
and preached often in isolated places, — usually in 
company with Eld. John Fitz. The church and her 
work were his greatest delight (more than worldly 
gain). He was consecrated to her principles, and 
positive in his adherence to the faith once delivered 
to the saints. He always manifested due regard for 
the older" people, and encouraged the younger in of- 
ficial duties. 

He organized the first Sunday-school in the Astoria 
church about twenty-five years ago. He was superin- 
tendent for a number of years. He also took delight 
in distributing tracts to non-Christian friends. He 
was an earnest supporter of the Missionary Visitor, 
lent it to friends, and encouraged their subscription in 
every home of the Brethren. 

His seat at the services was never vacant, if health 
and the weather permitted. He preached his last 
sermon Oct. 19, 1913; text, 1 Cor. 13:3. I shall never 
forget his earnest appeal to the Brethren, — the great 
gift of love, which surmounts all trouble. He made 

it his business to be on time at services, — often before 
time, — for he delighted in singing familiar hymns, to 
inspire the soul for spiritual worship. 

1 le was much interested in the success of the Breth- 
ren Publishing House. Especially was he delighted 
with the articles on sound doctrine, appearing in the 
Gospel Messenger. He insisted on visiting the office 
in Elgin when he was almost unable to go, desiring, as 
he said, " to see Bro. J. H. Moore once more." Soon 
after his return home he took his bed. He suffered 
agonies untold, for almost five months. During that, 
time he was anointed. 

Ere his departure he had the pleasure of once more 
seeing all his children beneath the parental roof. He 
called them to his bedside for their promise to be 
Christians and study their Bibles. The last season of 
family worship, at which time 2 Tim. 2 was read, was 
truly an occasion of deep sorrow, for his children 
never saw him suffer so before. Deeply moved, he 
was pleading with the Father in heaven to relieve him, 
and take him home to glory. Free from all earthly 
ties, he was anxious to meet with the redeemed gone 
before, among whom were the strongest pillars in the 
Church of the Brethren,— his best comrades. 

His home always gave a hearty welcome to Breth- 
ren and strangers. He entertained many, conveying 
them to and from services, at almost any sacrifice, so 
that the Gospel would be preached in its purity. He 
was eager to be taught, and to impart to others that 
which did his own soul good. He will be greatly 
missed in the church, as well as in the home and 
neighborhood. He was buried in the South Astoria 
cemetery, — the dearest spot on earth to him. He was 
one of the committee who selected the place, and 
built the churchhouse, about thirty years ago. Only 
by trusting in him " who doeth all things well," and 
" careth for his own," can we say, " Thy will be done." 

Astoria, 111. 

Efforts in Behalf of Peace. 

Some of the plans of the Church Peace Union 
(founded^by" Andrew Carnegie), as outlined at the 
annual meeting of its Trustees, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 
are as follows: 

It was decided to set aside a sum of several thou- 
sand dollars, to begin at once the organizing of the 
churches of the world, working first in the neutral 
countries and Great Britain and Germany, as far as 
possible, into a permanent "World Alliance of the 
Churches for Promoting International Friendship." A 
strong American Committee has already been named, 
and a committee of twelve has just been appointed 
from the British churches, and has opened head- 
quarters in London with J. Allen Baker, M, P., as 
Chairman, and the Rt. Hon. W. H. Dickinson, M. P., 
as Secretary. The Chairman of the American group 
is Rev. William Pierson Merrill, D. D., and the Secre- 
tary is Rev. Frederick Lynch, D. D. Correspondence 
will immediately be begun with churches in the United 
States, inviting them to become members, as churches, 
of the Alliance. Thus the church will be the unit of 
membership, rather than the individual. 

Five thousand dollars was again set aside for prize 
essays on international peace, this sum being divided 
as follows: 

1. A prize of one thousand dollars ($1,000) for the best 
monograph of between 15,000 and 25,000 words on any 
phase of international peace by any pastor of any church 
in the United States. 

2. Three prizes, one of five hundred dollars ($500), one 
of three hundred dollars ($300), and one of two hundred 
dollars ($200), for the three best essays oil international 
peace by students of the theological seminaries in the 
United States. 

3. One thousand dollars ($1,000) in ten prizes of one 
hundred dollars ($100) each to church members between 
twenty (20) and thirty (30) years of age. 

4. Twenty "(20) prizes of fifty dollars ($^50) each to 
Sunday-school pupils between fifteen (15) and twenty 
(20) years of age. 

5. Fifty (50) prizes of twenty dollars .($20) each to Sun- 
day-school pupils between ten (10) and fifteen (15) years 
of age. 

Several thousand dollars were set aside for work 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 

through the Federal Council of the churches of Christ 
in America, in promoting friendly relationships be- 
tween Japan and the United States. 

Ten thousand dollars were appropriated for the in- 
troducing of systematic instruction into the Sunday- 
schools and churches of the United States along the 
lines of international peace. 

Furthermore, a large sum was set aside for the 
work of a new committee that is to be appointed, 
which shall devote its efforts to arousing the churches 
of the United States to the great responsibility and 
opportunity that is now presented to them to take a 
firm stand against the growth of militarism in our own 
country and effectively to help their brethren in the 
European churches whan the terms of peace come 
to be decided. 

The trustees of the Church Peace Union sent the 
following telegram to the President of the United 
States : 

The Church Peace Union, in Annual Meeting assembled, 
and representing, as it is believed, the sentiment prevailing 
among the churches "f America, recognizes witr! pro- 
found appreciation the attitude which, as the Chief Ex- 
ocutivc of onr Nation, you liavc taken upon the question 
of national armament The present war lias demonstrated, 
beyond doubt, the futility of military preparedness as a 
safeguard of international peace. 

We trust, therefore, that your policy will be sustained 
l,y the Congress of the United States and to this end 
pledge our hearty cooperation and support. 

I Signed by the Trustees.) 

The Other Judas. 

II AN Ok J. 

i Iscariot. His n; 
generation to generation, 



sually think, when we 
j name is handed down 
jether with the 
dreadful work he did. " Who also betrayed him." 
Parents never name a boy Judas, unless it be done 
as the woman did who took up the Bible to get a 
name for her boy. She opened on the name Beelze- 
bub, and decided that should be the name for her 
baby. Poor child! 

There was another Judas in the little company of 
disciples, different from Isqariot. He listened intently 
to Jesus' words as he spoke to them in the upper 
room, after Judas Iscariot had left. He was dif- 
ferent from Judas because he was really listening 
with a desire to learn, — the other man did not. The 
" worthy Judas " was seeking for truth, — the other 
man was not. The " worthy Judas " continued with 
Jesus, — Judas Iscariot went to confer with the crowd 
that was ready to take Jesus, and to complete arrange- 
ments. He did not enjoy the upper-room society. 
Like many today, — he had not learned to live with 

Can wc learn to live with Jesus? We can, and a 
is. We are never lonely, because we 
presence wherever we are. He is ever 
nfort and bless and help. 
" worthy Judas " was listening to Christ tell- 
ing about his goiag away, and became so interested 
that he interrupted with a question. Christ told him, 
" I will not leave you comfortless. I will come to 
you." He does come to us in spirit, when he finds he 
is welcome, when he is really wanted. " Yet a little 
while, and the world seeth me no more, but ye see 
j commandments and keepeth 
eth me." Mark this precious 
'eth me shall be loved of my 
him, and will manifest myself 

Here the "worthy Judas" was so wrought upon 
that he could no longer keep still, and he spoke right 
out, " Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest thyself 
unto us and not unto the world?" He wanted to un- 
derstand, and Jesus wanted him to understand, he so 
repealed the words. 

Christ never disappoints those who turn to him 
for information. So he explains: "If a man love 
me, he will keep my words, and my Father will love 
him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode 

What a promise! If Christian people would only 

believe these words, and live as if they believed them, 
this world would he a blessed place. Jesus can not 
work through us because we will not surrender our- 
selves to him. He does not make his abode with those 
who do not want him. 

A little girl wanted to go to the pantry to get an ap- 
ple, and she knew she should not, for mother had 
told her she had had enough apples. She started 
through the door saying, " God, you please stay out. 
I don't want you tagging after me every place I go." 
Grown-ups act like this, — even if they do not say it. 
When they refuse to keep the Lord's commandments, 
they can not have his love, nor can they have his Fath- 
er's love in the special way by which they can make 
their abode with him. 

How can God manifest himself to us if our unbe- 
lief shuts him out? He does manifest himself to 
his own in many ways. Worldly people, however, 
will not listen to the words of Jesus. They ask no 
questions about his teachings, seek no information, 
and miss the rich blessings he offers. 

Christ is willing to be with us always, and the 
Comforter will be our Teacher. Are we willing to 
be taught? Shall we not seek to know the things this 
Comforter has to tell us? Be a listener, — an interest- 
ed listener. — and put in ah occasional question. Read 
once more this fourteenth chapter of John, beginning 
with verse 15, and continuing to the end of the chap- 
ter. Ask the help of the Holy Spirit, and find what 
wonderful words came from the lips of the Savior, 
in answer to the question of the other Judas. Notice 
that the sacred writer does not want this man branded 
as the traitor. He puts in the significant parenthesis, 
" Not Iscariot." Shall we not learn a lesson from 
this? Take time to put in a word that will save 
some one from being considered guilty of some wrong. 
We sing, " Help Somebody Today," and in just such 
ways we can help or hinder. It will bring joy to 
us when the books are opened if our pages are 
found to be a record of kind words and loving deeds. 
Huntingdon, Pa, 

blessed life 

present to < 

me. He that 


them, he it is 


promise : " He 


Father, and I 

will 1 

to him." 

s follows: i 

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Notes From Oar Correspondents 

Frultdale. — O 


ie ministers began a serle: 
ro. M. Wine, preached sev 
i preached until Saturday < 

n the South la gn 

have about 125 i 
n the State. The 

Brethren' doctrine 

Champaign. -V 

Vnrrl r""':n.'h.-'l. — J. /,. Jnnlan, FriiHilfil. 

Pasadena. — Dec. 31 we met for a bus! 

130J North Hickory Street. Champaign, 111., 
e. — Bro. O. P. Haines, of Chicago, began a series 

i baptized. About I 


of candy wen 

M, Piatt, 

Mission. — Sutnlay 

; Mateo Street., Los An 

Mount Garfield 

and Sunday-school officers 
Bro. D. L. Kllnzraan was cl 
Baughey, church chorister; Si; 

of our Sunday-s( 
The writer was i 

, pveslded an< 

lllWII r.'lll! 

Pasadena, .Cal., 
. 27, a speclul 
to stand. Bags 

; reelected. Chi: 

Panther Creek < 

and correspond- 

S amino le.— S- 
State this fall 

the State. We 

;Chrlstmas Day, 

I presented. 

Price, Eustis, Fla.. 

Seminole, Fla 

Funderburgh is 

.1 B.hlc Institute, wi.M 
preaching •■ 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 


Bridgewater College, Virginia. 


This is vacation lime, and things are quiet about 
the College. School closed at noon on Wednesday, 
Dec. 23, and will resume active work Jan. 5. Nearly 
all the students have gone home, or are visiting. A 
few remain to do special work. 

The attendance, this session, is unusually good. 
The buildings have never been crowded as they are 
at present. Among the student body are twenty-six 
young ministers. 

A larger number than usual, of our workers, are 
out among the churches, doing some kind of Institute 
work, during the holidays. Brethren S. N. McCann, 
J. T. Glick, H. L. Alley and D. B. Garber, and Sisters 
Lena and Vida Leatherman are conducting Bible In- 
stitutes in the Second District of Virginia. Brethren 
M. C. Miller, A. R. Coffman, and A. C. Miller are 
conducting similar Institutes in Northern Virginia. 
Bro. M. M. Myers is holding an Institute of the same 
kind in the Eastern Virginia District. Bro. J. W. 
Harpine is similarly engaged in West Virginia. Prof. 
C. W. Roller is conducting a singing class at the Mill 
Creek church, and Sisters Nora Early and Ollie Kerlin 
have similar classes at Middle River and Mt. Bethel, 
respectively. The writer was engaged in a Sunday- 
school Institute in Northern Virginia Christmas week, 
and has another in the Second District this week. 
„ Bro.* M. A. Good is also doing Sunday-school work 
at the Bridgewater church. 

The new church, being erected at the college, is 
nearly completed. It will be dedicated Jan. 17, Bro. 
H. C. Early preaching the dedicatory sermon at 11 
A. M. Bro. I. B. Trout will preach at 3 P. M., and 
Bro. Early again in the evening. 

The Bible Institute will begin on Friday evening, 
Jan. 15, and continue ten days. Bro. Trout will oc- 
cupy several periods each day, discussing various 
phases of Sunday-school work, and will also give a 
series of addresses on " Student Standards of Action." 
Bro. Early will preach each evening, and deliver ad- 
dresses on his recent visit to our foreign mission fields. 
Prof. .McCann, Prof. Roller, and J. S. Flory, wilt 
each conduct a special line of work. Special days 
are set apart for the discussion of Mission, Educa- 
tional, and Sunday-school work. 

Accommodations for the Bible Institute will be 
better this year than heretofore. While there is no 
room for any visitors in the College, meals will be 
served in the basement of the new church by the Sis- 
ters' Aid Society, and sleeping accommodations will 
be provided in the homes of the brethren and sisters 
in easy reach of the church. There will be no charge 
for lodging. Meals and lunches will be served at 
reasonable rates. 

Jan. i. 

Nov. 5 Sister Eliza Miller returned from her va- 
cation on the mountains. This week she went to 
Amletha, where she will stay until about Dec. 1. 

The harvest, this year, has been plentiful, and no 
one will suffer. Those who are deeply in debt do not 
have much left, after their debts are paid, but the 
prosperous ones have plenty. The head man of this 
village had seventeen maunds of rice after he threshed 
it. After he had paid back the rice that he had bor- 
rowed and already eaten, he had only one maund left. 
This is only one example among the many. 

The Christian farmers have all done well, and all 
are encouraged. Even those who are in their first 
year, have much to encourage them. The prospect 
for winter crops is good. 

We are suffering no inconvenience from the war, 
except high prices. Since the first preliminaries of 
registration, we have not been discommoded, 

Umalla Village, via Anklcsvar. 

How Jesus Prayed. 


The whole complex being of Jesus participated in 
his praying. As the athlete conquers his body for 
games, so was his body tamed and subjected by the 
Spirit. The easy inclination is to read papers, or rest, 
rather than to pray, and much spiritual bankruptcy is 
due to blockading the way by carnality. 

The mind of Christ entered into his praying. His 
attention was not given to lower attractions. His 
agonizing was mental as well as spiritual. Do you say 
you can't concentrate? Perhaps you can at a novel. 
Attention is necessary for a point of contact with 
God (Philpp. 4:8). 

The imagination was used (John 11 : 41, 42; Eph. 
6:12). He visualized the answer through faith. Im- 
agination»may lead to the greatest results if kept with- 
in God's grip. It sees the thing done. It shouts be- 
fore the walls of Jericho fall. Any one can shout 

His faith claimed the victory- No one can stop 
such men. They have the grace and power of God 
and of the Son. Jesus' activity, before and after 
prayer, was very marked. He prayed in crises. He 
prayed with companions. He prayed in prolonged 
periods. Much of our marginal waste in life is due to 
a lack of concentration. What would the day's record 
of unimportant details show in the evening? 

Again ; Jesus prayed at the initiation of the day. He 
prayed at night. He 'prayed before a work. He 
prayed after a work. He prayed because he was ever 
being thrust against problems into which he was being 
led by the Father. He must seek guidance. 

How ; few really need such praying because they 
have what they\want already! When we meditate up- 
on Christ's prayer in Gethsemane, we are reminded of 
Moody's words, " A man's character is what he is in 
the dark." 

s'43 S. Trumbull Ave., Chicago. 

Vali Notes. 


At last work has begun properly for the Vali 
church building. The evening of Nov. 16 was a time 
of rejoicing, when we met and turned the first sod for 
the foundation. Twelve years have passed, since the ' 
first person from this ullage was baptized, and ten 
years have elapsed since we came to Vali to live. As 
we reviewed the past years, many' were the thoughts 
that came to us. Our hearts were filled with joy, as we 
compared the present with the past. Of the number 
present, ten years ago, only a few were present at 
this time. Some have moved away, some have died, 
and. we are sorry to say, some have proved unfaith- 
ful. During this time, our number has increased to 
over one hundred. Many have moved in, and others 
have been received by baptism. 

At this time many pledged to do extra digging, 
until the foundation would be finished. This is all 
to be free work, so the digging is going on at any time 
between 8 A. M. and 10 P. M. Those who give their 
work free, dig at a time that does not interfere with 
their other work. We hope to have the trenches 
ready for filling ere long. 

Who Shall Be King? 

An Address by King Rum. 

I ask you to sign my next petition, because I am the 
mightiest king that ever lived. Other kings have yield- 
ed to me as a child to its sire. I have even laughed at 
all the gods of every land from Osiris to Jehovah. 
With my breath have I wiped whole nations from the 
face of the earth. 

For me have men discarded honor, and women vir- 
tue. I destroy ambition, ruin statesmen, and still they 
love me. I fill insane asylums and prisons 4 house my 
subjects in hovels, and feed them on husks; still they 

Fathers give me their sons ; mothers, their daugh- 
ters; maidens, their lovers, and beg me to stay. With 
one touch I have ruined great industries. Judges 
yield to my power and lawyers forget, under my 
spell, to plead. I burn cities. With one touch have I 
sunk navies and destroyed great armies. I never sleep. 
I turn gold into dross ; health, into misery; beauty, in- 
to caricature, and pride to shame. The more I hurt, 
the more I am sought. I, by turns, raise a man to the 

highest heaven, and sink him to the deepest hell. I 
am Satan's right-hand man ; do his work freely, cheer- 
fully and without pay; yet he is ashamed of me. My 
name is "Rum." 
Maugansville, Md. 

Youth and Ideals. 


Thi; mystic beauty of radiant dawns, the crystal 
purity of the mountain stream, the fresh perfume of 
the first spring flowers, — all are suggested by the 
word "youth." Youth is the season of beauty, of 
vigor, of high ideals and aspirations, and of bound- 
less faith in a glorious future. All this is but saying 
that youth is very near to God. Then let us not be in 
haste to discard w r hat are sometimes slightingly re- 
ferred to as the illusions of youth. Sooner or later 
time will lay his heavy hand upon us and attempt to 
steal them away, but let us cling to these so-called il- 
lusions and with God's help weave them into the 
pattern of our lives so as to redound to his glory! 

Washington, D. C. 

Sunday-School Lesson for Jan. 24, 1915. 

Subject—Gideon and the Three Hundred.— Judges 7. 
Golden Text. — Not by might, nor by power, but by my 
Spirit, saith Jehovah of Hosts.— Zech. 4: 6. 
Time— Immediately after last lesson. 
Place.— Southern Galilee. * 


Seven Crowns. 

For Sunday Evening, January 24, 1915. 

I. Crown of Thorns.— Matt. 27: 29. Curse for sin. 

II. Crown of Gold.— Psa. 21: 3. 

III. Crown of Life.— Jas. 1: 12. Reward for enduring 

IV. Crown of Righteousness.— 2 Tim. 4: S. Reward for 
good fight of faith. 

V. Crown of Rejoicing.— 1 Thess. 2: 19. Reward for 

VI. Crown of Glory.— Reward for faithful ministry. 
Dan. 12: 3. Reward for feeding souls. 1 Pet. 5: 4. 

VII. Crown of Incorruptibility.— 1 Cor. 9: 25. Reward 



Note.— There should be an essay on "The Valu 
Reward"; also, "How Best Endure Temptation?" 


The New Commandment. 

John 13: 34, 35; Study 1 John 3: 14-24. 

For Week Beginning January 24, 1915. 

1. Why Did Christ Call It a "New Commandment"?— 

that he was laying down here, for 

Chiefly for the : 
the first 

the gri 



hind his disciples together into a church. He was show- 
ing them what he intended to be the prevailing note and 
distinguishing mark of the church,— that which would 
separate it from the world, and 'evidence to the world 
its divine origin. The mutual love of the disciples, inspired 
by and modeled after the love of Christ for them, was to 
be the one prominent feature of the new society, by which 
it would be known and' certified (James 2: S; Eph. 5: 2; 

1 John 4: 7. 8, 20; 1 -Tim. 1: 5; 1 Pet. 2: 17). 

2. An Object Lesson to the World. — Love was the 
great magnet that attracted humanity to the purest anj 
best, — the sinless Son of God! It was the sweet mystery 
which filled the world with amazement, and then attracted 
it. Hearts, grown sick and weary of the jealousies, aliena- 
tions, hatreds, and bitterness all around them, fled to this 
new society, to find peace in its atmosphere of love, as 
the dove came to the ark to rest its weary wings (Heb. 
13: 1; Rom. 12: 10, 19; Col. 2: 2; Eph. 4: 15). 

3. Love Changes the Pivot and Center of Life from 
Self to Another. — Before she casts her magic spell upon 
us. we are self-contained and self-centered, bending all 
our energies to our own self-aggrandizement, compelling 
all streams to flow into the Dead Sea of our own interest. 
But when we love, a marvelous transformation passes 
over us. We think more often of the beloved than of 
ourselves. Our plans and activities will be transfigured 
by the one thought of what will please, help and bless the 
kindred spirit that has gathered to itself the threads of 
our life, weaving them, after its own sweet will, into a 
glorious fabric of blessedness. Such should be our love 
towards our fellow-Christians (Philpp. 1:9; 1 Thess. 3: 12; 

2 Cor. 8: 7; Rom. 13; 8; 1 Cor. 13: 1-3; Col. 3: 14). 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 



A True Story of Sowing and Reaping. 


In the year 189 — , while we were living in the west- 
ern part of Illinois, a family lived near us that in this 
sketch, for convenience, shall be known as " Thorne." 
Mr. and Mrs. Thorne had come from the " Old Coun- 
try," and, at the time of which I speak, the family 
consisted of two girls and three boys, besides the 
parents. The eldest two children were sixteen and 
eighteen years of age, respectively. 

The parents, seemingly, were very religious, the 
best of neighbors, and always to be depended upon in 
time of sickness or distress, being very friendly at 
all times. 

In the autumn of the year mentioned, a minister 
came into the neighborhood, to hold a revival at the 
schoolheuse near by, — this being a country settlement. 
During the progress of these nfeetings, the eldest two 
children of the Thornes felt the 'call of the Holy 
* Spirit, and wished to unite with the church. But, 
strange to relate, in view of their religious proclivities, 
the parents, especially the mother, objected to this, 
and told their children that they were too young to 
give up the associations they had formed, and that 
they had not yet seen enough of the pleasures of the 
world. They shoulti wait until they were older, to 
join the church. She said she wished them to go to 
balls and parties, which they could not do after unit- 
ing with the church. 

Her unwise, not to say unholy, counsel prevailed, 
and the children forsook the Sunday-school and the 
counsels of their teachers, and began to attend the 
play parties, and then the dances, held in the neighbor- 
hood. Later on they were found in the dance-halls 
in town, following the path their own mother had 
marked out for them, with mistaken zeal and earnest- 

Soon after this we 'eft the neighborhood, and we 
heard nothing of the Thorne family for several years. 

After a few years an old neighbor from that com- 
munity came to visit us. She told us that Mrs. 
Thorne had died and that she had attended her during 
her last illness. She said that from the very beginning 
of this fatal illness Mrs. Thorne would continually 
cry out, " I am lost." She would say that she was 
once in the light, and had all her children in the light, 
but that Satan had come to her, and told her that he 
would take her to hell, and all her children with her, 
so she kept continually crying, "Lost! Lost!" Even 
with her latest breath, when she could only whisper, 
her last words were, " Lost! Lost! lost! " 

This friend of mine said it was the most awful 
death she ever witnessed. After seeing Mrs. .Thorne'* 
despair, she called her own sons to the bedside of the 
dying woman that they might see what sin does, and 
how it had brought this woman, once a devoted Chris- 
tian mother, to such an awful death. After beholding 
the scene, — one th'at would appall the stoutest heart,— 
my friend's sons determined to give themselves at 
once to God, and united with the church at the first 

Friends, you who read this story of a mother who 
put a stumbling-block in the way of her own children, 
over which they, with her, stumbled into perdition. 
think of the scripture which says, " Train up a child 
in the way he should go : and when he is old, he will 
not depart from it." 

I have known mothers.-— even of the Church of the 
Brethren, — who tried to dissuade their children from 
uniting with the church by telling them that, should 
they do so, they might not hold out. If there are any 
such today, remember ihat " he that soweth to the 
flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption." " Whoso 
shall offend one of these little ones which believe in 
me, it were better for' him that a millstone were, 
hanged about his neck and that he were drowned in 
the depth of the sea." If you cause your children to 
sow to the flesh, of the flesh they shall reap corrup- 
tion, for the wages of sin is death. 

Oakley, III. 

Where Is Thy Sister? 


Theke are some faces which speak, louder than 
words. Not long, since, while watching a crowd of 
my fellow-beings surge by, one of these " speaking " 
countenances arrested special attention. 

Fair and beautiful this face had undoubtedly once 
been, but, oh, the hardness that was written there now ! 
Sin, shame, repentance, a feeling of ostracism, and 
an utter lack of self-respect, — all stood forth in plain 
and unmistakable Characters. It was one of those 
faces and, sad to say, one not infrequently met with, 
which causes a throbbing pain suddenly to cross one's 
heart, one which draws a cloud over the joy-sun- 
sliine of the hour, and sends one on one's way, ponder- 
ing the question, " Why all this sin and misery in the 
world? " 

By a strange coincidence, we later learned that this 
face reading of our sister- woman's life was very 

Father, enthroned on high 1 
Humbly thy children cry, 

Send peace on earth! 
May peace, prosperity, 
Fill earth from sea to s%a, 
May mankind bend the km 

In fear of thee! 

May i 





mgs of « 

Death-tube and shrieking shell 
Sound for brave men the knell, 
Widows the chorus swell— 
"God! "Send us peace!" 

May mankind's psalm of life 
Be peace instead of strife, 



Look down from heav'n ayd ble 
Earth with thy right 
Then reign of happinc 
Shall have its birth! 

nearly correct. She had been a beautiful girl. In a 
moment of trusting confidence she had let go of vir- 
tue, and fallen. She was betrayed. In a desperate 
effort to hide her shame she committed the additional 
crime of theft. A friend of her deceased parents 
saved her from imprisonment, but could not, — even 
had he been so willed, — save her from the scorn 
which mocked her from every side, when, after some 
years had passed,— during which time she had thor- 
oughly repented, — circumstances forced her to return 
to her former home, and again take up the battle of 
life there. 

Of course, ostracism, on the part of the good people 
of the village, promptly followed. Even those whose 
natural goodness of heart, as well as a sense of Chris- 
tian duty, moved them to show some friendliness to- 
ward this shrinking Magdalene, contrived to leave 
with her the ever-present reminder that she wore the 
scarlet letter on her breast. 

For awhile the poor outcast, — naturally of a 
shrinking, sensitive spirit, — struggled bravely against 
this retarding force. Then, made desperate by this 
still continued attitude, on the part of her former 
friends, she became indifferent, and, although still 
shunning all forms of vice, gradually grew into a 
cruel-speaking, harsh-faced creature, held in fear by 
children, and shunned by their elders. 

This is but one case of many. As I write, I am re- 
minded of another. A young girl came one bitterly 
cold morning, recently, to the warden of one of our 
State penitentiaries, and begged to be put into prison 

for the remainder of her life. She frankly confessed 
to being acquainted with prison life by having spent 
a term there, and related a pitiful story of having been 
cruelly persecuted after her release, by those who 
were acquainted with this part of her life history. 
" I was obliged to work," she sobbed. " The only 
thing I can do well is house work. I tried that. But 
no sooner would I obtain a position than some one, 
who knew my past life, would recognize me and re- 
veal my past history. It's no use trying any more," 
she again sobbed. " Prison is the place for all like 

Investigation of the employment experiences of 
this girl's story, proved the truth of what she had 
told. ." She was a good servant, industrious, capable 
and respectful, but after learning of her past life 
we could not think of having her around," one of her 
employers explained. 

Were these two treated right? It is a question 
worthy of serious consideration. Possibly it might be 
well in consider, along with this matter, what would 
be the result in our life, should the Divine Father, 
when we break his law, show toward us the same atti- 
tude that we 'show toward those who break the law of 

.We admit that there is a risk incurred in employing 
or receiving into bur homes, under any circumstances, 
such as thejast one described. We acknowledge to 
an unpleasantness in having their presence about our 
homes. We value our possessions, and virtue in- 
stinctively shrinks from that which is, or has been, 
unchaste. But are not such persons at least entitled 
to a fair trial? And even M we do lose a bit of 
something, or suffer some discomfort through the ex- 
perience, will the loss to us be as costly as the loss of 
not trying to help them up? " Why eateth your mas- 
ter with publicans and sinners? " was asked of the dis- 
ciples of our Great Exemplar. Hear his ready an- 
swer: "They that be whole need not a physician but 
they that are sick. . . . I am not come to call 
the righteous but sinners to repentance." " For whose 
sake Christ died," is the apostle Paul's pointed re- 
minder. A more modern preacher of the Gospel of 
salvation for these fallen ones bids us remember that 
"The alabaster box was brought 
By trembling hands defiled." 

They are all about us, — these prodigal sisters ! 
Their protesting, pleading faces look out at us from 
every passing crowd. They are weak. They have 
not our strength of character. Many of them are 
surrounded by temptations and influences such as our 
sheltered lives never encounter. Many of them, 
bitterly realizing their mistake, would gladly return 
to a clean life. Shackled as they are, this is difficult 
of accomplishment alone. They need our help. 

"Send out succor; we're sinking," is flashed out 
across the heavens by wireless telegraphy when a ship 
at sea finds herself threatened by the engulfing waters. 
And straightway, from every point of the compass, 
ships of every nationality, disregarding all speed rules, 
rush to the aid of the endangered vessel. " Send 
out succor; we're sinking," plead more than one of 
these derelicts of humanity as with downcast, averted 
face, they hurry by. 

Sometime, sooner or later, We will all, — righteous 
and unrighteous, chaste and unchaste, — be arraigned 
before the great white throne of justice. If we are 
asked a similar question as that which was once put. 
to guilty Cain, what will be our answer? Let us not 
too long delay pondering the question. " Is it wise? " 
or, possibly, in that heart- searching time, at the bar 
of God, we will be compelled to answer as did^he sea 
captains who. when arraigned for their indifference to 
the* appeal of the sinking Titanic, excused themselves 
by saying, " We went as soon as we understood, but 
we were too late to be of any assistance." At best, 
these were answers of doubtful value. 

Warren, Ohio. 

We have noticed, time and again, that the man who 
fails In everything else, somehow or other always 
manages to become a good critic, — keen to the fail- 
ings of others. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 

The Gospel Messenger 

OtJclal Organ of the Church of the B 

A Religious Weekly 

Brethren Publishing House 

publishing agknt general mission boa 

Corresponding '. 

bt 1 


The dedicatory services of the Pasadena lions- 
;il.. are announced for Feb. 7, at 1 : 30 P. M. 

Nine made flic good confession during the meetings 
conducted by Bro, Elmer Fipps in the Kokomo church, 

Bro. C. B. Smith, of Morrill, Kans.. begins a scries 
of meetings at Lanark, 111., on the last Sunday of this 

Work has begun on the Vali church building. In- 
dia, and it is hoped to push the work to early com 

Feb. 1 Bro. John Kitson, of Syracuse, Ind., enters 
upon his duties as pastor of the Goshen City church, 
same State. — 

Ian-. 15 Bro. J. P. Harris, of Staunton. Va., takes 
pastoral charge of the Riddlesburg and Stonerstown 
churches. Pa. : ■ 

At the late District Meeting of Texas and Louis- 
iana, held at Roanoke, La., Bro. Samuel Badger was 
chosen a member of the Standing Committee. 

Ten made the good choice in the Blue River 
church. Ind., during the revival effort, conducted by 
Bro. George Swihart, of Roann. same State. 

The Eel River church, Ind., has just closed a most 
refreshing revival effort, Bfo. C. A. Wright conduct- 
ing the services. Fight entered the Kingdom. 

Recent evangelistic services in the Champaign, 111., 
church, conducted by Bro. R. N. Leatherman, the 
pastor, resulted in eleven additions to the church. 

The new meetinghouse, just completed at Bridge 1 
water College. Va.. is to be dedicated Jan. 17, Bro. 
H. C. Early delivering the address for the occasion. 

Brethren William J. Keller and William Swinger, 
of Ohio, but now in Bethany Bible School,- Chicago, 
called at the Messenger sanctum on Monday of this 

Bro. C. Walter Warstler, of Goshen. Ind., was 
with the members of the Wawaka church, same 
State, in a recent series of meetings. Twenty-five 
decided for Christ. 

Bro. Ira Long, of Andrews, Ind., labored in a 
series of evangelistic meetings tor the West Goshen 
church, same State. Thirteen entered the fold by 
confession and baptism. 

Bro. Ira J. Lapp is engaged in a series of meetings 
in the Walnut Valley house, three miles southwest of 
Heizer, Kans.. with increasing interest and good at- 
tendance. ; 

Bro. Oliver Royer has closed his' labors at Union 
City, Ind.. to take up the work at Charleston, Ohio, in 
response to the earnest solicitation of the District 
^Mission Board. 

hi. Minutes of Southern Virginia have just 
e to our desk. We notice that Bro. W. H. Naff 
been chosen to represent the District on the Stand- 

Bro. Ira Gibble, of Frystown, Pa., recently labored 
in a revival at the Mohrsville house, Maiden Creek 
church, Pa. Seven were added to the church by 
baptism and one reclaimed. 

Bro. C. H. Walter, of Summum, III., was with 
le members of the Eorest Chapel church, Va., in 

recent revival, resulting in seventeen accessions by 
unfession and baptism, and three restored. 

Bro. C. A. Shank, of Abilene. Kans., labored with 
the members of the Central Avenue church, Kansas 
City, same State, in a series of evangelistic services 
recently. Five espoused the cause of Christ. 

Bro. J. H. Shallenberger, of Bartow, Fla., writes 
us that Bro. A. I. Mow. of Idaho, accompanied by his 
family, is spending some weeks in that locality, and 
has been doing some very acceptable preaching. 

Those having the Brethren Almanac for 1915, will 
please turn to the Ministerial List and enter the name 
of Bro. John Sherfy, Mont Ida, Kans. In making up 
the list, the name was unintentionally overlooked. 

Not being ready yet to open our announcement 
column for the spring love feasts, we make room 
here to announce the Winchester, Idaho, love feast 
for Jan. 16, and the Claar, Pa.Jove feast for Jan. 23. 

Bro. H. A. Claybaugh, of Bethany Bible School, 
Chicago, called at the Messenger sanctum while in 
the city, a few days ago. He reports plenty of work, 
and a fine body of students, numbering at this time 
about 230. 

Bro. J. F. Burton, late of Greene, Iowa, whose 
wife died recently, may possibly give up pastoral work 
and enter the evangelistic field. For the present he 
'can be addressed at 3435 West Van Buren Street, 
Chicago, III. ■ 

Bro. C. A. Lewis, 506 E. Vine Street. Champaign. 
111., has so arranged matters that he can give con- 
siderable attention to evangelistic efforts. Those who 
may wish to secure him for a series of meetings, will 
please address him as above. 

Bro. H. M. Stover informs us that the new meet- 
inghouse, recently erected about three miles from 
Newport. Pa., was dedicated Jan. 3 by the Mission 
Board of Southern Pennsylvania. It is a new mis- 
sion point, but it promises well for the future. 

After six weeks of Bible Institute work in Iowa, 
Bro. J. G. Royer returned to his home at Mount 
Morris last Monday. He will rest a few days, and 
then begin work at Shannon, this State. 

The Missionary Visitor for January, devoted prin- 
cipally to our mission work in India, is an exceedingly 
interesting and instructive issue. Those who are not 
now reading the journal, will do well to procure this 
number. Address the General Mission Board, Elgin. 

Because of* the renumbering of the streets in 
Champaign City, 111., the street number for Bro. 
Rolland N. Leatherman, on North Hickory Street, 
has been changed from. 1002 to 1302. Bro. Leather- 
man's correspondents will please make note of this 

The second edition of " The New Testament Doc- 
trines " has just come from the press, and though 
there are fully one thousand orders ahead of us, to 
say nothing .of the hundreds that will come in .during 
this week, we hope to have them all filled before the 
middle of next week. 

Oxr, of our Ohio Sisters' Aid Societies, having a 
surplus of $75 on hand at the close of the year's work, 
and no calls from the immediate home field, decided 
to use the entire amount to help the China mission 
work and several city missions, — a wise disposition of 
their funds, 

Sister Leo George, of Bellefontaine, District Sun- 
day-school Secretary of Northwestern Ohio, accom- 
panied by Sister Bessie M. Kaylor, called at the 
Publishing House on Monday of last week. They 
are greatly interested in the work of the House and 
its various publications. 

Next week we shall publish, so far as received, the 
papers sent from the several Districts to the Annual 
Meeting. There may be others that have not yet 
reached our desk, and yet, considering the time that 
has elapsed since the fall District Meetings, all the 
papers ought to be on hand. 

While on the Pacjfic Slope, where he is spending 
the winter, and where he may be addressed at 235 
North Flancock Street. Los Angeles, Cal., Bro. D. L. 
Miller is kept exceedingly busy preaching- and de- 
livering Bible Land talks. He enjoys the work, and 
his audiences enjoy his presence and addresses. 

Bro. John E. Metzger, of Rossville, Ind.,. after 
thirteen years' experience as Field Agent for the 
Brethren Publishing House, has v retired from active 
field duties. He was a splendid agent, industrious, 
painstaking and economical in his expenses, .and we 
certainly appreciate what he has done in the interest 
of our business. 

Bro. William A. Rose, a minister of Palisade, 
Colo., died Dec. 25, at the hospital in Atlantic! Iowa, 
at which place he and his wife had stopped, en route 
to Florida, where they had hoped to spend the winter. 
His faithful services as a minister and an elder will 
ever be cherished by those to whom he ministered 
most acceptably. 

An exchange gives the following plan of making 
every church an evangelistic agency. It is the New 
Testament program, and well worthy of general adop- 
tion : '■ Every member a soul-winner- every preacher 
an evangelist; every church a recruiting'Sta^ion ; every 
service a revival." We know of no better method. 
Why not put it into immediate effect? 

Not a few of our patrons are doing mission work 
by having the Messenger sent to well-disposed fami- 
lies where there are no members. It is not an uncom- 
mon thing to receive five dollars for this purpose, ac- 
companied by ten names. Some add thirty-five cents 
for each name, and have a copy of " The New Tes- 
tament Doctrines " sent to the different families. 

Perhaps we have all seen how many a professing 
Christian eases his conscience, in the face of an un- 
done duty, by telling just how it ought to be done, — 
by others. Be it remembered that all work, really 
worth while, is done by those who are so thoroughly 
in earnest that they leave no stone unturned unjil they 
achieve their purpose. 

Bro. D. H. Baker, of Hanover, Pa., orders the 
Messenger sent to all his children, as well as to the 
almshouse and the jail of his county. There are many 
others who make, a liberal use of .the paper in this 
way and, seeing the good it does, feel more than com- 
pensated for all their trouble and expenses. It might 
not be amiss to add the premium book, and in that 
manner accomplish still more good. 

By the death of his wife and circumstances incident- 
thereto, Bro. J. F. Burton, pastor of the Greene 
church, Iowa, will be unable to continue his work at 
that place. We are requested, therefore, to announce 
that correspondence from possible applicants for the 
position, thus vacated, is invited. Please address Bro. 
Edward Eikenberry, Greene, Iowa, foreman of the 
pastoral committee, for further particulars. 

A Florida correspondent tells of an earnest min- 
ister walking four miles to an appointment, and re- 
turning to his home by the same primitive method of 
travel. We have heard of members who live within 
'easy reach of the Lord's house, and yet feel unable 
to walk the very short distance, though they are equal 
to almost any exertion, when it comes to reaching 
places of business or amusement. We like to see 
members manifest at least as much zeal for the Lord's 
work as they do for their secular affairs. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 

Bro. Will Detrick. of the Wabash City church, 
Ind., recently held a most refreshing series of meet- 
ings for the Wabash congregation, same State. Five 
entered the baptismal waters and arose to walk in 
newness of life. One was restored. 

Last Sunday evening Bro. I. B. Trout left Chica- 
go for Daleville College, Va., where he is to assist in 
a special Bible Institute. From there he goes to the 
Bridgewater College to engage in the same line of 
work, expecting to be absent from his office a little 
over two weeks. 

" The Brethren Annual" for 1915, published by 
' the Progressive Brethren, shows a membership of 
21,646, — 8,547' males and 13,099 females. The num- 
ber of ministers is placed at 299, — nine more than in 
1912, — while 230 churches are reported, or twenty 
more than were claimed for the same year. Among 
the ministers there are ten wom,en. There are also 
thirty unordained theological students. 

Editor to look after the Editorial Department. Soon 
after this, the Mount Morris plant was consolidated 
with the Primitive Christian interests, at Huntingdon, 
Pa., and in time the entire business was conducted 
at Mount Morris, Bro. Amick .remaining Treasurer 
and Business Manager. This move paved the way, 
later on, for the whole establishment to pass into the 
possession of the Brotherhood, and the subsequent re- 
moval of the entire business to Elgin. Bro. Amick 
continued in charge of the Business Department until 
be retired to private life in 1904. 

It was through his untiring efforts and business sa- 
gacity that the House was placed on a good financial 
basis, and was made such a fine-paying investment. 
To him is largely due the credit for the splendid 

. Bro. Samuel Bowser, of Hancock, Minn., has for 
some time been contemplating a change of residence, 
hoping to be led to a place where his services in the 
ministry might be used most advantageously. For 
the benefit of his many friends, whom he can not per- 
sonally address, he now wishes us to announce that 
he has selected the Zion church, Mich., as the field 
of his future labors, and that Prescott will be his post- 
office. Those who may have occasion to write Bro. 
Dowser, will please make the needed correction in 
the 1915 Almanac. 

Under date of Dec. 16, Bro. J. F. Graybill, of 
Malmci, Sweden, writes us, saying: "We have been 
very busy, the past month, getting clothes in readiness 
for the poor children. Some forty will be clothed at 
our hall on Friday evening. This is possible with the 
contributions that have been sent us from members, 
and even those who are not members of our persua- 
sion, but who are interested in our work. I shall send 
a better account of this work later. We wish also to 
call the attention of our Swedish members in America 
to the fact that we issue a monthly paper in Sweden, 
which costs ordy 'forty-five 'cents a year. I think all 
of our Swedish members' in the States should sub- 
scribe for this periodical. It will keep them posted 
as to the work in Sweden. A sample copy will be 
sent on request. We have peace with God, and Swe- 
den is at peace with other nations. The Lord is with 
us, and we fear no evil." 

tan, and 
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Death of Eld. Joseph Amick. 

Mention was made last week of the departure of 
Bro. Joseph Amick, retired Business Manager of the 
Brethren Publishing House. He passed to his reward 
on Monday morning, Jan. 4, having reached the age 
'of eighty years, two months and seven days. While 
usually considered a strong man, he had complications 
of diseases that disturbed him a good deal in the later 
years of his life. He was a hard-working 
found it difficult to cut entirely loose fror 
and remain contented. We say business 
reason that, though a minister, possessing more 
ordinary gifts, it was here that his rare skill as a fi- 
■ nancier manifested itself. And while he never neg- 
lected his own business, accumulating considerable 
property, still most of his time and attention were 
given to lines of business relating to the church. One 
of the bankers at Mount Morris said that, during his 
residence of nineteen years in that place, Bro. Amick 
had passed more than a million dollars over his coun- 
ter, and that in all that time there had never been a 
difference of even one cent in their separate accounts. 

It was in 1881 that he came from his farm in White 
County. Ind.. to Mount Morris, 111., and became the 
owner of a half-intertst in the Brethren at Work, a 
paper that was not on a good financial basis at the 
time, and had proved to be a nonpaying investment. 
However, he was made Business Manager, Bro. D. L. 
Miller becoming the owner of tire other half-interest, 
and together they proceeded to place the publication 
on a good financial footing. Bro. Amick worked 
without a salary, while Bro. Miller hired your Office 

financial condition of the institution. In this respect 
it may be regarded as a monument of his rare genius 
as a business man and a financier. 

Soon after locating in Mount Morris, he became 
interested as one of the trustees in Mount Morris 
College, and did for that institution, practically, what 
he had done for the publishing interests. As the finan- 
cial man of the Board of Trustees, he saw that the 
money raised for the buildings, etc., was employed 
for the best possible results, and whenever the cost 
of any improvements exceeded the estimates made 
by the trustees, he was one of the number who sup- 
plied the deficiency from his own pocket. 

When it was decided to establish an Old 1 People's 
and Orphans' Home in Northern Illinois, he was 
made Chairman of the Board entrusted with the proj- 
ect. The money was raised, land purchased, and he 
took charge of the erection of all necessary buildings, 
and soon had the Home ready for business. While 
he appreciated the help of other members of the 
Board, they, in turn, recognized his ability as a finan- 
cier, and kept him in charge of the institution for 
some years. Here he, too, laid a splendid foundation 
for an institution that has since grown and become 

While looking after the financial side of these three 
enterprises, being treasurer for each one, and keeping 
separate accounts, he probably preached more funer- 
als and solemnized more marriages than any other 
minister in the entire community. He dften excused 
himself when called on to conduct regular church 
services, but was always ready to respond to calls for 
funerals, In a way, entirely his own, he knew how 
to comfort the hearts of the sorrowing, and seemed 
perfectly at home in the house of mourning. 

Bro. Joseph Amick. as his biographical sketch runs, 
was born in Mifflin County. Pa., Oct. 28. 1834, and 
grew to manhood in his native State. Oct. 16, 1856, 
at the age of twenty-two, he was united in marriage 
to Susanna Mertz. To this union were born seven 
children, five of whom died in early life. In the 

spring of 1857, May 12, he and his wife united with 
the Church of the Brethren by Christian baptism. 
Bro. Reuben Myers officiated, and Bro. Enoch Eby 
preached a sermon in a barn on the occasion, — being 
back from Illinois on a visit. 

Bro. Amick continued to live in his native State, 
near the Dry Valley churchhouse, and engaged in 
school-work, teaching his home school for four suc- 
cessive years. He taught one year in Lewistown. In 
March, 1862, he moved with his family to Indiana, 
locating on a farm near Burnetts Creek, White Coun- 
ty. His occupation as farmer, while in the State, was 
interspersed with six winter terms of teaching school. 
In June, 1863, he was called to the ministry. There 
was no organized church in the county at that time. 
The members were scattered and under the care of 
the Bachelor Run church, Carroll County, with Eld.. 
Isaac Ikenberry in charge. Bro. Amick lived and 
labored here for nearly twenty years, being active 
in his calling. He was advanced and ordained to the 
eldership at a comparatively early age, and from the 
few scattered members, he lived to see a church or- 
ganized and grow, a commodious churchhouse built, 
and two flourishing congregations develop, each with 
a churchhouse. 

May 10, 1870, he was bereft of his companion by 
her sudden death. In 1S71 he was united in marriage 
with Sister Hannah Retff, a sister near his own age. 
To this union were born three daughters. In the fall 
of 1881 he came to Mount Morris, but did not move 
his family until the next year. Here he remained, as 
stated, until the removal of the printing plant to Elgin. 
In a quiet way, Bro. Amick was a liberal giver. 
He placed money where he thought it was needed, 
and said little or nothing about it. A few thousand 
dollars was left to the Brotherhood when the printing 
plant became the property of the church. He re- 
membered the interests of Mount Morris College at 
different times, and the Old People's and Orphans' 
Home as well. We hear, incidentally, that he left 
$500 for this cause, $500 for another cause, and a 
like amount for different purposes. In the way of 
time and energy, as well as of donations for the cause 
of charity, he served the church well and faithfully. 
He leaves four daughters, one son, three brothers 
and three sisters, his devoted wife, by his second 
marriage, having died last spring. His home was 
always open for members and friends, and few breth- 
ren and sisters took more pleasure in entertaining 
than Bro. Amick and his earnest wife. There are 
few homes in which more of our leaders have been 
welcomed and most cordially entertained. 

We have been associated with Bro. Amick, here in 
the House, for more than twenty years, and our 
labors often brought us into close touch with each 
other. It was a pleasure, upon our part, to have his 
confidence and esteem all these years, and we are 
certain that he had ours. And while he had the con- 
fidence of the Brotherhood at large, along his line of 
work, he also enjoyed the confidence of all the busi- 
ness men with whom he came in contact. He loved 
the church, had unbounded confidence in her doc- 
trines and principles, and while not much has been 
said about him, from time to time, still.he has left 
monuments of his industry, skill and genius that will 
not be overlooked by the future and impartial his- 

This brief story would hardly be complete, did we 
not mention Brethren D.'L. Miller and J. G. Royer, 
the two brethren with whom Bro. Amick was closely 
associated for years, in much of his work. The for- 
mer being in California, and the latter engaged in 
Bible Institute work in Iowa, neither of them could 
be present to see their old comrade, tried and true. 
laid in his last resting place. The trio have grown 
old in the Master's service. The history of one is 
largely woven into the history of the other two, and 
it is pathetic to think that the little group has been 
broken up. 

His funeral was held in the Brethren church in 
Elgin Tan. 6, being conducted by your Office Editor, 
assisted by Bro. J. H. B. Williams. His remains were 
laid to rest by the side of his departed wife in the 
city cemetery. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 

Whom Shall We Follow? 

Naturally we are disposed to be imitators, but 
not always do we bave the same purpose or motive 
in so doing. In the world round and about us we bave 
some very good men and women, whom we might 
imitate or follow with safety and to our advantage, 
but even in doing this there should be a limit, as to 
how far we should go, in such following, and be safe. 
God has not made us to he mere followers and imi- 
tators. He has given us personalities and endowments 
that are, in a peculiar sense, our own, and has thus 
made us responsible for nur own individual lives and 
acts, so that, in the judgment, all may give an account 
of themselves and their own actions. No one can shift 
his responsibility upon others, or excuse bis wrong- 
doings by saying that he followed or imitated the 
lives of others. The best of men are only human, at 
best, fallible and subject to err, even against their will 
and best purposes. Tt has been well said, " It is better 
to imitate an evil man in that which is good, than to 
follow a good man in that which is evil." 

Even Paul, — as good a man as he was, — gave this 
very thoughtful advice : " Be ye followers of me, even 
as I also am of Christ." In the original for " even " 
we have the Greek word " kathos," which means " ac- 
cording." This passage, then, may be paraphrased in 
this way: " Follow me as far as my life accords with 
the life of Christ." Paul never designated himself as 
the standard, for others to follow, but pointed to the 
Christ, the Son of God, as his Standard, — the One 
whom be preached and the One whom we are to fol- 

It was Christ alone who could say, " Follow me." 
" I am the Way, the Truth and the Life." Paul, know- 
ing the trend of the human mind, and fearful that 
even his own disciples might fall into this error, warns 
them against it in this way, " Now this I say, that 
every one of you saith, I am of Paul ; and I of Apol- 
los; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ. Is Christ di- 
vided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were ye 
baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I 
baptized none of you, but Cephas and Gaius." 

And perhaps we should thank.God today that, as a 
church, we are not called Mackites, but " Church of 
the Brethren." We are followers of Alexander Mack- 
only because he followed the Christ. 

Our subject is : " Whom Shall We Follow? " There 
is another side to it that needs further development. 
We would all consider that one to be a wretched pro- 
fessor of Christianity who would say, in his heart, 
" Why piay I not get drunk as well as Noah? Why 
may I not commit adultery as well as David? Were 
not they good men and accepted of God? " Yes, they 
were good men, but they were subject to sinful pas- 
sions and. under strong temptation, committed griev- 
ous sins. If you have sinned as Noah and David did, 
you should also mourn and repent as they did. Their 
acts were not recorded for our imitation but for our 
caution. They are not landmarks to direct the travel- 
er, but warnings, like buoys that warn the mariners. 
If a man should find a piece of gold, covered with 
dust, will he preserve the dust, and throw away the 
gold ? Surely not. And yet, that is exactly what we 
would be doing, in imitating the weaknesses, mistakes 
and sins of a man's life, and rejecting all of his good 

God had respect and love for these men because of 
the preponderance of their good qualities. He wil* 
not throw away his pearls because of the specks and 
spots of dirt he may^ee on them, but, because of these 
specks and spots, he would not have us accept them as 
patterns for our following. 

We have, in the church today, many good men and 
women whose lives it would be comparatively safe to 
follow, providing it was done truly and faithfully. 
But do you know that this is not the way a great many 
people do their following after the lives of good men 
and women? Their following is too often actuated 
as an excuse for gratifying their own corrupt desires 
and purposes. And to accomplish this, they are ever 

.ready to imitate the mistakes and failures of the good, 
and to reject all the exemplary qualities and deeds of 
their lives. Such following is hypocritical and only 
deepens, before God, the guilt of those who practice 
such deception. 

Hence, the only safe following is in the footsteps of 
the Christ who said: " If any man will come after me, 
let him deny himself, and take tip his cross daily and 
follow me." 

This is the only safe course for all to pursue. And 
we are glad that the " Church of the Brethren " 
affords this blessed privilege to every one seeking 
salvation, because she admits into her communion, 
through baptism, only those who are old enough to 
choose for themselves the way of salvation and eternal 
life. ^^_^^__^_ h. B. B. 

Need of Rest and Religion. 

Never before, in the history of the world, were 
Sunday worship and church attendance more needed 
than today. Faster and faster grows our rate of 
living. The business world is at white heat. More 
and more furious is the world of pleasure in its 
pursuit of amusement. The people of today are large- 
ly worn out, feverish, restless, unsatisfied, discontent. 
Where is the trouble? Humanity needs rest. Asy- 
lums can not be built fast enough for our mentally 
unbalanced unfortunates. Our penitentiaries are full 
of moral perverts. We are becoming great in acts, 
but less emphatic in moral power, and right here the 
value of the Lord's Day, as a day of rest, should 
assert itself. Whether you be one of earth's lowly 
toilers, a doctor, a grocer, 'or a mechanic, — Sunday 
should mean a great deal to you. On that day there 
should be a relaxing of muscle, a soothing of nerve, 
a calming of spirit. But can these results be ob- 
tained from mere rest? No; if the Lord's Day is to 
give repose of spirit, the soul must be brought into 
communion with its Maker. It is only when our 
souls are fully saturated with God that the wings of 
our spirit drop to calm repose,— this, indeed, is the 
deep, religious meaning of God's Sabbath. Amid 
the quiet associations of the sanctuary, on God's' 
chosen day, there descends, upon the devout worship- 
ers, the benediction of Heaven's choicest blessings, — 
man's spirit is soothed and calmed and refreshed from 


Returning Manuscript. 

Contributors should not ask us to return the man- 
uscript that is accepted for publication. By the time 
our printers get through with it, some of the pages 
may be a sorry-looking sight. Here and there may 
be notations in red ink. A sentence may be recon- 
structed by running a blue pencil through the original, 
and retracing the remodeled sentence with an ordinary 
pencil above. Deep-blue or deep-red circles may en- 
close certain abbreviations. The printers will under- 
stand what this means, but it will be worse than He- 
brew to the author of the manuscript. For con- 
venience in the linotype room pages may be cut in two. 
Printers could not, while at work, keep their hands 
clean, even were they so disposed, and the finger- 
marks they sometimes leave on the manuscript that 
passes through their hands, might, if the pages were 
returned, make some lovers of the beautiful almost 
heartsick. Contributors who value their manuscript 
highly enough to preserve it, should send us a good 
copy, and retain the original. But, please, do not ex- 
pect us to return manuscript after we have once made 
use of it. Be content with seeing your matter in print. 

The Hope of the Church. 

More and more are our church leaders recognizing 
that the hope of the church of tomorrow rests in the 
conservation of the children of today. " God writes, 
in letters of fire, this sentence on every church that 
neglects its young people : 'Doom and death.' " Two 
things w-ould seem to be of prime importance: (1) 
Lay plans for the special benefit of young people. 
They must have a large part in the church calendar, or 
they will be lost to the church. The whole church 
program should ^throb with incentive and challenge 

to young life. How reluctantly we often take the 
younger members into our plans! (2) There must be 
heartfelt sympathy and love for our young people. 
" You can't catch flies with vinegar." Love will win 
boys and girls, but nothing short of love will do it. 
The much discussed problem of winning the boy and 
the girl for Christ, will be greatly simplified, if love 
is given free course. It is the master key of the 
human heart. ,^^_^_^_^__ 

Believing and Disbelieving. 

The trouble with most people is that they believe 
too many things, simply because they want to believe 
them. They study them, magnify them, and finally ac- 
cept them in all seriousness. Then, on the other hand,' 
we all believe too few of the things' that we really 
ought to believe. Some things that deserve our at- 
tention, we fail to study in the light in which they 
should be considered, and without looking into their 
merits we set them aside, and go on limiting our faith 
to the few things that chance to strike us favorably. 
In fact, it is easy to believe, when it comes to believ- 
ing that which appeals to us; then, too, it is equally 
easy to disbelieve the things that we do not care to 
believe. And since so much depends upon what one 
believes, it is important that we make our faith a mat- 
ter of study. It will also be wise in us thoroughly to 
test our faith, to ascertain whether it is founded upon 
the truth, and 4s to whether it means anything that is 
really worth while. 

More Light Available. 

" More light has been thrown on the Bible since 
excavations in Babylon and Assyria began in earnest, 
fifty years ago, than in the 1,800 years preceding," 
is the recent testimony of Dr. Edgar J. Banks, of New 
York, field director of the Babylonian expedition, sent 
out from the University of Chicago. According to ' 
this eminent authority, the work of the scholars who 
have unearthed cities, and discovered highly important 
data beneath ruins, puts them in a place to speak with 
authority on the Bible. Through the efforts of the 
men who, with pick and shovel, have discovered 
treasures of archaeological importance, •Biblical ideas 
have been greatly reconstructed and made more clear 
and intelligible. Things are being found each day 
which throw new light on something or other, little 
known. Many points, strongly disputed, are settled 
definitely and conclusively by the explorer's investi- 

A Wide-Awake Sunday-School. 

One of our Indiana Sunday-schools, at a compara- 
tively new point, was not organized until last April, 
though the church was established some years before. 
When the school did start, however, those in charge 
decided to make it an element of strength for the com- 
munity. They made use of approved, up-to-date 
methods, and endeavored, as much so as possible, to 
have something new and interesting each Sunday. As 
a matter of course, their school is evergreen. No 
wide-awake Sunday-school freezes up at the approach 
of winter. In order to get such of the children to 
school as, on account of distance, are unable to walk, 
a hack is utilized, which, at times, brings in as many 
as twenty-three. This plan has proved a valuable 
factor in the success of the school. 

A Peculiar Disease. 

A sister writes us about a peculiar disease that is 
affecting some people, — principally church members, 
— in her community. It is known as Sunday sickness, 
and never disturbs the patient during week days. It 
does not affect the appetite, nor does it cause any loss 
of sleep. The fever usually asserts itself a short while 
before it is time to start to cljurch, and, of course, 
keeps the patient from services Sunday after Sunday. 
For some reason, unknown to physicians, the reading 
of the Bible seems to aggravate the fever, but the 
perusal of a secular newspaper is found to be sooth- 
ing. The sister is looking for a remedy for the pe- 
culiar disease, — one that has been tested, and is known 
to be strictly reliable. Who can furnish the remedy? 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 


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Brubaker, presided. Twelve letters have been read 
our last report. Church officers were elected for the 
ing year as follows: Bro. W. R. Brubaker, elde 
another year; Bro. Thomas Kline, clerk; Sister Klin 
treasurer; the writer, correspondent and Messenger agen 
Bro. P. S. Hartman, Sunday-school superintendeni 
also elected officers for our Christian Workers' Meeting 
On the evening of Dec. 22 we held our love feast, at whicl 
Bro. D. L. Miller officiated. Thirty-five surrounded th. 
Lord's tables. It was a blessed, spiritual feast. 
Lock Box 518, Chico, Cal., Dec. 25. J. C. Wright. 



General Mission Board.— H. C. Early, Penn Laird, Va 

riiitirmim; C. d. P.Qnsa.k. Ww Win.lsur. M,].. Vlee-Chatrman; 
Galen B. Royer. Elgin, 111.. Secretary and Treasurer; Otho 
^ ineer North M.meh. ■*!.■. , In,!.. J. J. Yorter, MePhorson. 
Kans. Life Advisory Member, D. L. Miller. Ml. Morrl? Ill 
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Seat tit 

Educational Board. - 
man; Otho Winper, r 

J. H. B. William*. Fll^m, III., Seeretarv- 
i S. Humjilircv Av-.. Oak Park, I] 
, Troy. Ohio; L. T. HoNinL.-. : . r . P.n-ilir..-n, Midi.; .T."S. 'Florv. 
Rrklgewater, "Va. 

Temperance Committee. — P. J. Blongh. Chair' 
~ Culler, Se- 
Street, Brooklyn. N. T.; D. Hays, Treasurer, Broadway, Va.; 
. . luntingdon, Pa. 
HomeloBH Children Committee.— Frank Fisher, President 
E. John, Treasurer. MnPl 
ry, Harrisonburg', 

Street, Chicago, 111., 131!); E. B. Hoff," Maywoodi 

III., 1!HS; J. TV. T.ear, D.--.-atui-, Til 1H17- O " 
vllle, Va., 1916; Ertwnrrl Fraiilz, Tjorrlsburg, < 


Today a heavy cloud hangs over the home, the church 
and the community, because the angel of death came into 
our circle and suddenly took from us our only daughter, 
—the wife of Bro. J. F. Burton. She was attacked by 
pneumonia on Friday, Dec. 18, and the dread disease made 
unabated progress until it ended her life at 3: 15 on Thurs- 
day, the 24th. The stroke is a heavy one t and makes 
for us a sad Christmas Day. She had written us twice 
during the last week, urging that father and mother should 
cat Christmas dinner with her. 

On Monday morning, when a message called us to her 
side, we found her fighting her last battle in life. Death 
soon gained the victory and robbed the home of a faith- 
ful wife and mother, the church of a noble worker, and 
the community of a friend and" neighbor. This leaves a 
heavy burden of grief and responsibility upon us,— es- 
pecially upon Bro. Burton. Four children, bereft of a 
mother's care, demand constant attention. 

Sister Burton lived but thirty-three years, seven months 


ro. Henry Beelman died at his home, near Dillsburg, 
on Thursday morning, Dec. 10, aged seventy-four 
and fourteen days. He passed away 
he was born, and where he had lived 
le was the only son of Adam and 
le was united in marriage to Miss 

On Sunday, Dec. 13, the body 
Mohler churchhouse, where funer; 
ducted by Bro. J. A. Long, of York, Pa., assisted by B 
S. H. Hertzler. of Elizabethtown, Pa., and Bro. J. 
Meyers, of Loganvillc, Pa. Text, Job 14: 14. Six min 
lering brethren, who had been laboring under his ca 
carried the body to the adjoining cemetery where it w 
laid to rest. j. w . Galley. 

Mechanicsburg, Pa. 


Bro. Amos Moomaw was born in Ross County, Ohio, 
June 24, 1834. Very little is known of his early years, 
except that he taught school a number of years, and was 
engaged in the mercantile business. He was married to 
Maggie J. Fearrell June 30, 1859. 



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years later, in the Prairie City church, Iowa, 
has lived and labored ever since, except a short 
ut fifteen years ago, when he lived in Des 
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'Uncle Amc 





Bible stories for h 


d twenty-eight days 
ily called, was ear- 

rd people say that they would 
" preach than any one they 
at he usually took Old Testa- 
texts, and preached powerful 
of failing health, he has not occupied 
the pulpit for several years, but nearly every Sunday, if 
present at services, he gave a short talk, at the close of 
the Sunday-school, on the Sunday-school lesson. He 
enjoyed his last love feast with us, about two months ago, 
and the following Sunday morning was anointed at our 
church services. He was with us, for the last time, four 
weeks ago last Sunday. He was waiting for the sum- 
mons to go, for a long time, and it is only a happy change 
for him. He will be greatly missed in the home, the 
community, and the church. Especially does our elder 
keenly feel his loss, as he always found Bro. Moomaw a 
wise counsellor, and a great help at all times. 

Bro. Moomaw is survived by eleven grandchildren, one 
great-grandchild, and four sisters. Services were con- 
ducted by our elder, Bro. W. I. Buckingham, assisted by 
Bro. J. G, Royer, of Mount Morris, 111. Text, 2 Sam. 14: 
14. A large concourse of friends gathered at the church 
to pay their last tribute of respect to one who so often 
broke unto them the Bread of Life, 
to rest in the cemetery near the church. Nelli 
Prairie City, Iowa, Dec. 28. 

Is your Sunday-school informed as to the great events, 
of international importance, that are happening in the va- 
rious mission fields of the world? Are they aware that 
the Christians in these distant lands, lately won from 
heathen darkness, gave last year to the Lord's work $8,- 
000,000? Do they know that in the decade, following 
the Boxer Revolt in China, more people in that country 
became Christians than in the preceding one hundred 
years? Have they been told that, during the last decade 
in India, 600,000 persons were received into the Christian 
churches,— an increase of 32%? During the same time the 
Moslems in India gained 5,000,000 converts. Does ypur 
Sunday-school understand and appreciate the fact that 
in India there are 50,000,000 people at the portals of 
Christianity? Has any one told your school that lately 
the highest authorities in Turkey placed women under the 
veil again? 

near the place 
most of his 
Martha Beeln 
Maggie Willi; 
children, one 

Such news items, 
and striking, shouh 
This is a great age. 
In the world arena, 
than the missionary 
about it. The salva 

al years ago. He le 

To this union were bot 
ceded him to the spirit 




:ind and loving husband and a kind fa- 



endeared himself 



ii united with the Church of the Brethren 
.'as soon elected to the ministry and later 
:o the eldership. He was presiding elder 
Lower Cumberland congregation for a number of 
years. He was always active in church work, working 
for the church he so dearly loved. He attended a revival 

nf the 




! when he be 


and many others, equally inspiring 
be given to every Sunday-school. 
Events transpire with great rapidity, 
no enterprise has a larger influence 
novement. Your school should know 
ion of the world was the one theme 
that lay nearest the heart of our Master, and it is a sub- 
ject that should command the interest of every one. 

That your Sunday-school, together with all others, may 
keep in touch with this great world movement, it is 
planned to have a Missionary Secretary in every Sun- 
day-school, — one who is interested in missions, and will 
explore the rich fields of missionary intelligence and give, 
at the close of the Sunday-school period, five to seven 
minutes to the reading of such news items as will repre- 
sent the cream of their findings, — fresh, pointed informa- 
tion, local, national and international. 

To know the facts of modern missions is necessary, in 
order that there may be an intelligent interest in missions. 
Give the boys and the girls the facts of Christian endeavor, 
and they will, even early in life, be loyal givers and 

Appoint at once a Missionary Secretary for your 
school. It will add interest and inspiration. Try it. Both 
the Mission Board and the Sunday School Board heartily 
endorse the movement. Be ready to begin with the 
New Year. At Kearney, Nebr., the Sunday-school has 
had a live-wire Missionary Secretary for the whole year, 
and her efforts have met with marked success. 

Your local and national papers often have items of a 
missionary nature that are important. Many magazines 
and periodicals nowadays contain excellent articles re- 
garding the work of missions, and often there will be 
found editorials of up-to-date information, and most ex- 
cellent testimonies to the value of missionary endeavor. 
Many Sunday-schools are within easy reach of public 
libraries, where such magazines and periodicals can be 

And your own church publications give splendid help. 
In Our Young People will be found, once each month, 
material gathered from the widest source, from which the 
Secretaries can make selection. There are several mis- 
sionary periodicals on the market which are very helpful, 
among which the Missionary Review of the World and 
Record of Christian Work take first place. 

Information as to sources of help, other duties of the 
Missionary Secretary, a suggested list of missionary books, 
suitable for a Sunday-school Library, will be cheerfully 
given. Write for free booklet, telling all about the work 
of the Sunday-school Missionary Secretary. Address, 
Sunday School Board, Elgin, 111. A. W. Ross. 


The Christmas season brought added duties in our city 

work. It also brought its reward of joy. Many tokens 

in the way of clothing and provisions for the poor. The 
distributing of this caused many expressions of real hap- 
piness from gladdened hearts. One regret often came 
to our minds as we gave, to appreciative boys and girls, 
as well as to older ones,— that the dear brethren and sis- 
ters, and others, who made these gifts possible, were not 
permitted to see these manifestations of joy, and to hear 
the profuse words of thanks. 

A little girl of six summers received from 
school class of one of our churches, a doll wi 
plete wardrobe. Clasping it fondly to her bosom, she 
exclaimed, with beaming eyes: "O mama, this is just 
what I wished for." A feeble old couple, past eighty 
years of age, living all alone in a little two-room house, 
were presented with a prepared dinner, in the name of a 
former pastor's wife, who now resides in Indiana. Their 
expression of thanks, had the donor heard it, 
made her realize the truthfulness of the Ma: 
ment, " It is more blessed to give than to recei 
are typical examples of many others, with whom we came 
in touch during the holiday season. 

Bro. H. B. Mohler and wife, of Chicago, added much to 
our enjoyment of the occasion by their cheerful presence 
and helpfulness. They came to us on Saturday, Dec. 19, 
and remained over two Sundays. Bro. Mohler preached 
three very helpful sermons, which were highly appre- 
ciated by both congregation and pastor. Sister Mohler 
also proved very helpful in our Christmas program, and in 
our calling and distributing. She was especially enter- 
taining with her Bible stories. We felt lonesome after 
their return to Chicago, where they are attending Beth- 
any Bible School, preparatory to engaging in pastoral 
work as soon as the Lord opens a field for them. May 
the Lord give them many years of service for him! 

As the New Year opens before us, with its possibilities 
and responsibilities, we pray that the Lord will, in some 
measure, at least, make us equal to our duties and priv- 
ileges. E. F. Caslow and Wife. 

1914 Gardner Avenue. 

ould have 

I Tbelr Work. 

six separate trips 

City. Rome 

formerly professor of English In McPher- 
nd of large experience In Bible Institute, Sun- 

E. Trostle, Chairman of 
illfornia and Arizona, and £ 
of Lordsburg College, will < 

Bible instructor, will deliver several lectures c 
Life: Its Unreality and Reality. 
Funderburgh, professor of the English Bible I 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 


,.,. ,.l. I ■ I I I 

Gptslle to • i ■ ■ - «:<iiti. 

flellnltcly ill '■ ■'. " 

uliiresaea by c pel 

,. :,,i.i ■ njoj litis spiritual f- ■ i 

Pine Creek. 

-. \i i il ..ill.' I".r ■l.u.l 

ij.-v UllS Bpll 

. instroctii 

i. ii 

The Dally Program. 

>oving aloi 
do better 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

n'.. mil. ii. .1 1 1 . ■ i ..-■ : ■ 

■ Blvor i-linn i> 

•d by Mir death of 

ply. and resolutions 

Dec. 29. (Mir elder. 
was granted a leave 

liter was appninte<l 

on be forgottei 
In Christ Jesu 
truths gleaner 

Is, R. D. 3, 
Our elder. 

as held after the last lesson, when - 
, who had attended dally, offered nj 
enly Father for the great "blessing 

■ preached 1 


George Deaton. recently 

.hen cave a well-rendered program on Chi 

1st mas Eve to a 

Sister Lyditi O ump.i.kcr. cleric Hi", Tn;i i.cigsdon. treas- 

large audience. Bro. Moyne Land Is, of Bethany, preached 

for us from Christmas night until the 

evening. The house was well filled each e 

vening. On Sun- 

day one was received by baptism. — Melvin 

F\ Miller, Sidney. 

Hc, for Thanksgiving. — Bertha Stauffer. R. D. 1. Grenola, 

Samson Hill.— Bro. Luther Bedel and Eld 

Jonathan Green- 

Independence. — Dec. 27. after an interesting Sunday-school, 

halge preached earnestly for two weeks,— 

-seventeen Inter- 

Eld. C. A. Miller; addressed us. In the evening, after Chris- 

esting sermons. Dec. 24 we held our council 

tian Worktrs' Meeting, we had .a sermon by Eld. W. H. Mil- 

absent, Eld. Greenhalsc presided. On Chi 

stmas five were 

ler. On Sunday morning, Jan. 3, after Sunday-school Bro. 

baptized, three of whom had awaited baptis 

i. The next day 

W, H. Miller preached for us. In the evening we had Chris- 

we held our love feast, which was largely 

tian Workers' Meeting. Later on Bro. W. R. Nininger ad- 

the last week of the meeting six young i 

the Lord's side. Four were baptized, and tv 

o await baptism. 

dismissed by letter, ten received by letter, and one was re- 

2346 Anthony Boulevard, 

Others were almost persuaded. Although wc 

are now without 

stored to fellowship. One ivas claimed by death, thus leav- 

.lay-school Institute, con- 

be left comfort- 

ing us a membership of seventy-five. Bro. W. H. Miller has 

less. — Mrs. 0. P. Tranter, Shoals, Ind., Jan 

been our. elder for the past live years, and has truly done his 

Tippecanoe. — We reorganized our Sunda 

nart well. — Pella Carson, R. D. 2, Box S, Independence, Kans., 

were devoted to the study 

Officers were elected for the following year 

Garber as superintendent, and Sister Rache 

Eberly as secre- 

Kansas City (Central Avenue Church).— We met In council 

good foundation for Sun- 

tary. Sister Anna Cripe was elected supe 

intendent of the 

Dec. 30, Bro. I. H. Crist presiding. The following officers 

lg year. He also taught 

cradle roll; Bro. Levi Eberly, superintenden 

were elected for one year: Bro. I. H. Crist, elder in charge: 

On Sunday evening, Dec. 

g People's Meet- 

nths. Bro. Levi 

ter Viola Kepler, superintendent of the home department and 

Eberly was appointed president, and the 

(he cradle roll; Bro. Elmer Harmon, president of the Chris- 

1 ns l i t u te. — Ethel Brower, 

cil Jan. 2. Our 

tian Workers' Society, and also reelected trustee; Bro. Hal- 

elder, Bro. F. 0. Richcreek, presided. Chi 

y Deeter, of Miiford, Ind., 

elected as follows: Bro. Josiah Garber, trea 

during the month of October. Eld. 0. A. Shank, of Abilene, 

secretary and Messenger correspondent. Ou 

Kans., was with us in a series of meetings at that time. 

progressing nicely, — in spiritual power, as 

Five accepted Christ as their Savior. We held our love feast 

ically. — Hazel Gantz, R. D. 2, Syracuse. Ind 

Xov, :',. Out- chunii is in an excellent financial condition at 

"Union City church met In council Dec. 1 

present. Our Sunday-school is progressing nicely.— (Mrs.) 

were elected for the new year. We chose 

Ella McCune, 36 North Thorpe Street, Kansas City. Kans., 

as our elder for the coming year. Bro. Ea 

v Run. Ind. Letters were 

chosen superintendent for the Sunday-scho 

Pareone congregation met in council Jan. 2, with Eld. J. S. 

Bro. W. P. Noffsinger is the superintenden 

for the Sunday- 

Clark presiding. Bro. John Campbell was chosen as our Sun- 

Kitson, of Syracuse, Ind., 

school in the city. As Bro. Oliver Royer 

as gone to other 

day-school superintendent. Two letters were granted and 

■ Adelia Endsle; 

fields of labor, Bro. Chas. Stocksdale has take 
"Street. Union City, Ind., Jan.L.7. 

and has . 

In'-e,, received." We ■decided to have a Bible study class, with 
iro. Clark as our leader. An excellent Christmas program was 
endered bv the little ones.— Julia C. Jones, 2019 Ash Avenue. 

hurch officers 

eph Studebake 


ley. Wabash, Ind., Jan. 4. 
OTawaka. — Our revival 
Warstler and Sister Ben 
continuing for three w 
fessions. Eighteen have 

i elder In charge. 


also our Messenger 

Verdigris chur 

31, with Eld. S. 

day-school and Ch 

Is mSd as* 

o t ur e efder. th Ve S decMe 

ear. Bro. S. E. La 

to hold a series 

e at Madison, in 

'ening of Jan. 1 a fev 

members met at 

. Quakenluish to anofn 

t Bro. Ralph Quak 

en suffeFlng Intensely. 

in. Kans., Jan. 2 


Boanoke chord 

met in council Dec. E 

6. Our elder, Bro 

Sunday-school ofll- 

Middletowu. — -Vest 

n& I- to begin at 
raj itated before. 

and Brn. Fadely 

r,, Goshen Ind.. .la 

was granted. We 
officers. Bro. Bye: 

series of meet hies 
manifested. — Rosa 

April 2, at 

council Dec. 

Ninth Street, 


; Sunday-school 


* hoped that much good will 

i. J. M. .Mohler preached for 

was' not so large as it might 

ed thirty-two sermons. One 

s side and was baptized. 


ffB. — Our congreKatln 
jr presiding. We dec 
31 P. M. Bro. Arthur Lewis 

hold a love feast 

spent several 


I Strohm) and myself 
urae" in the Battle 

School, where we had 
IVes Isolated from a 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 

but worship with otl 

quipped Hospital 
r the Master; 

k, Mich., Jan. 1. 

r of my correspondents and i 

keeping the family together 
:s. We promised our friend 


f our 



-,, ul'p'l, 

ty of \ 







-ed [ 


by th- 

tag 1915. 



lerlt; .s 

Must. a^enl; Si-ter .lulla M. Graybili, chc 
church correspondent, Bro. William East was eleetc 
tendent of our Sunday-school, and Bro. George Dn 
tary-t treasurer. We decided to have a singing class, 
series of meetings, as soon as an evangelist can lie 
Julia M. Orayhill, Preston, Minn., Jan. 5. 


Peace Valley church met in council Jan. 2. Bro. I. 
of Cabool, Mo., presided. Officers for the Sunday-! 
Christian Workers' Meeting were elected for the w 

Sister Zella Fike was .chosen superintendent of on 


■ il,,-,: 


Bro. Han 

mons were inspiring, — St 
of meetings, conducted 

ir Sunday. 


Shepp, R. D. 3, V< 

irterly coin 

. !,ui. h, ordained to tlie eldership Bro. A. P. M' 
wife. All church and Sunday-school officers 
We chose as our elder, Bro. A. P. Muss.lnian; E 
superintendent, Bro. C. H. Price. On Sunday 

elected Christi 

officers. Bn 


Cando church 
good. Officers 

correspondent for the Cando congregatio 
elected correspondent for the Zion chore 
lack of funds, our church has postponed 
pastor for the Cando church f 
Year's Day the Zlon congreg 
school and Christian Workers' 

bringing; Christ 

-We i 

. K. Miller, C 
ally delayed. — Ed.] 

A. M 
; folio- 

sided. Officers 

Sister Clara Chamberlain, 
~k; Bro. Mark K 
n th« 

hold : 

ident. ' As 
in the Metho 


ubaker, Sisters Iva Boyd 
icltors for home, foreign 
: Harrington fs president of 

Cordell, OkE 

:eks ago. 

es we did 
membership. — La Meta Dawson, 

We held our love feast 
rid others wera with 
: have enough i 

Ashland. — On C'hr 

and respect. Ou 

Eve our Sunday-si 
e of the exercises the chin 

I'llliams, Oregon, In charge. 
he coming year. Eld. S. E. 
r; Sister Cora B. Decker, ch 

Church officers 
Decker was re- 

co r res pond - 



Myrtle j 
urday eve 
tended. We used the topic 
let. An offering of $r..r.n « 



Decker, Ashland, Oregon, 

i interesting and well at- 
Chrlstian Workers' Book- 
n. Qn "Thanksgiving Day 
; given the opportunity of 


Maple Sprlng.- 
Gllbert as secret* 

Pa., Jan. 1. 

.. Eld. 

1, with Bro. Jol 

n Corney as 

2, MlfMIntown, 

Pa., Jan. 2. 

D. Glbble, ol 

series of m 

■nestly. Seven unit 


—Edna S. Reber, Centerport 

Pa., J 

n. 5. 

granted since our 
Book Iiake dn 

ur Sunday- 

,-. — Molli,- E.ukb.w. .M-, ,<!■_■ P.iitif. ' " 

begin about the middle of Jur 
s winter. The prospect for the 




il, an 

J Bro. 


:ary. Bro. S. 





• Mattie HID 
r, Messenger 


nd B 

ro ei W 


o. D. 



■ed and two 

in ted. — Sarah 





Oregon, Jan. 



' F. C. Dlvely, 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915 

New Tear's Day, 
D. Y. Brltlhart presiding- One letter of membership 
granted. The spirit and interest of the meeting were 

sar by. — Charles N. Miller, Hagers- 

Faua night, Leona May, daughter of Brother Morgan and 
Ulster Jennie Fausnight, born March 14, 1910, died Dec. 23, 

Chippewa Valley congregation, Wl 
a highly respected member of the Church of 
for about twenty-: 

Salsbury, Mondovi, 

Sometime during i 
>f meetings at the Shr 
held May 16, at 9 A. K 

-S. C. Godfrey, R. 

; following Sunday-school officers for tl 
ing year were elected: Hatfield, superintendent, Bro 
N. Cassel; secretary, Bro. Homer Detweiler; Lansdale 
Intendent, Bro. Edwin Halteman; secretary, Sister Liz: 
sel. — Mrs. George H. Light, Hatfield, Pa., Jan. 1. 


e God bstb joined together, lei n 


db F 6 

Joyce-Strole. — At the home of the undersigned, Dec. 31, 1914, 
Bro. E. B. Joyce, of Lost Springs, Kans., and Sister Dessie 
Strole, of Navarre, Kans.— O. O. Button, Ramona, Kans. 

Xieiter-Keller. — By the undersigned, at the residence of the 
bride's parents, 




B. K.-1 

, North Manchester, Ind. 
undersigned, at the horn 
ec. 28, 1914, Bro. Jereml 

Williams. Two sons and two daughti 
All of them survive him; also two 
3. Bro. Fyock united with the Churc'; 

. by Bro. Lori B. Harsh- 

ofRce he served until death, 

barger. Text, Gen. 6: 1-12. Interment in the Locust Gr< 
cemetery.— David C. Ribblett, R. D. 2, Johnstown, Pa. 

QlaahiU, Sister Susanna A., nee Brown, born in Washington 
County, Md„ May 27. 1863, died Dec. 28, 1914, aged 51 years, 7 
months and 1 day. The cause of her death was tuberculosis. 
She was anointed twice, arid derived much comfort therefrom. 
Her husband preceded her to the world beyond. She leaves 
four sons and two daughters, four brothers and four sisters. 
Services in our church by Eld. H. M. Stover. Interment in the 
Green Hill cemetery. — Jessie Demuth, Waynesboro, Pa. 

jq, Bro. Harrison, born Feb. 21, 1840, died of apo- 


until the enii, mid enjoy i?d [ 

s. He was united in marriage I 
companion, survive. The body ' 


wife preceded him in death nearly two years. He i 
>y two daughters and four sons. Four of them ar 
if the church. Services by Bro. Albert Berkey, of . 
nterment in the Berkey ct 
Vindber, Pa. 
Peppers, Bro. 



. M;n l:li:i Wil 
married to I 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 


Prowant, Melvln John 
md Sister Augusta Pro' 

Plymouth Streit 

famous Brush 

He ffM a son of ,3 ro . Eln 
lei Driver, of Lima, Ohio.— 
suddenly of heart failure, t 
.daughter had be * 

23, 1SS.1, in 


Church ^.of the Brethren 

married" U? Alfred Roach. 

I / by her family 

husband] two daughti 


Her cheering presence will be mich missi 

and friends. She is survived by 

one son, her mother, three brothe:s and th: 

father and two sisters preceded hei in death. 

Brethren church by Eld. Jacob Arnleman. interment 

Thomas cemetery.— Elsie K. Sang* 1 m 

Bob! as on, 
months and 13 days. His death oicurred at ;me nome 
daughter, Sister Saphove, in Cumlerland Coi'nty. He 
member of the Presbyterian chur:h for a n'umber of 
Services by Bro. William. Murphy Text, Job 14: 14. 
ment In the Piainfield cemetery.— J. W. 'Qaf-tt- 

: tin 


s. Ohio," July 16. 
from the effects 

operation for appendicitis 

Kate E. Cutler about 1(68. 
moved to Hutchinson, Kans., whire 
the Church of the Brethren, belrg 1 

191 * 

He < 

afterwards they 
his wife joined 
e charter mem- 
le ministry, and 
ordained to the eldership, sirving the church faithfully 
Colosdo In 190 J*, where hi 

June, : 

spend the 



vlng left their lome in Colorado, 
iter in Florida, t.ey stoppe*p 
friends and relatives. There h> was take r 
His aged companion, three son and two , 


Dallas Center, Ic 

, born near Weit Charles ' 
Hill, Ohio, Dec 29c 19Uic 
he had a henvrrhage. 

o rest in the Sugar Grove cemitery.— iS j 
int Hill, Ohio. 

Snyder, Sister Harriet, nee Stmey, t 
Dec. 1G, 191 4» aged 74 years, lOmonth^.^ j 
narried to George W. Snyder To 
welve children. Four daughtes and lave 
ces by Bro. George Canfield at H.;,, p j 
Button, Ramona, Kans. 

ter Eliza Jane, ben M^rch if 
aged 54 years^ 9 months md ^7 daj| 

ago. Her death 

before her death n go|od health 
children. Servii 



ack ; 


. J«e 

•Itli. aii.i 

E., eldes chl.ld of Jol 

>rn at Gohen,' Ind„ Jul 

from hemorrha;e of' the Si rain 

His' wife ia.ssei.1 awa.y Me 

dead. Three ons 'and two d 

C. S. Elsenblse, Chicago, II 

Tracey Stutzman, 
Nov. 2G, 1914, fr 
at St. Paul, Min 

him; also two sisters. Serv: 
Mrs. C. S. Elsenblse. CI 
SwLhart, Dr. Samuel 


Of the 13 
After bins; a 
united /itl-i tl 
remaine; a > f aithf : 
es a will, five sons 

May 5, 1909. Both 

Swihart unit 
fifteen years 
over thirty ; 
church, in ti 
until death. 

:>rn In Wabash Coun 
Dec. 22, 1914, at 'Holden'vllle, Okla. 
Margaret McDonaghj in Ivc; rson, Texas, 
id two daughtei 

Davi St SwihfArt, Calvin, Okla. 
am A., brnfin Ne;w York May 21, 
Myrtle Bint. Oregon, Dec. 6. 1914, 
am a fallsonne tlm.fe ago, aged 78 yei 

. daughtei 

Mr. "Wethey not havln 
Is not known whether 

ron, n 
they moved t 

Bro. Wethey 

this place. S( 

i George S. Wine, Ar il 
:een children. Fives on; 
irvive. In August, 8,64, 
•ethren. Her end n J>ie 

elatlves In the 
In 1862 Mr.'wvthcj 

:in Cedar County 
;, near Fresno, Ca 
•J 4 days. She wa 
64. She was the 
r daughters, and 

vlth the Chi 

fully. Fun 
Hoisinger, David 

Roanoke Co., Va 
den, 111., aged 67 

Roanoke Co., Va., July : 

she thanked 
i church In V 





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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 16, 1915. 



Death of Eld. Joseph Amlck, 

Whom Shrill We Follow ill B. B.)? 

Need of Rest and Religion 

Tho Hope of the Church. ".'.'.'.'.'.'. 

Believing and Disbelieving 

More Light Available. 

A Wide-awake Sunday-school 

a Peculiar Disease 

Tho Bible. By Noah Longanccker 

Tactfulness That Wins. By Geo. F 

Tho Greatest Foreign Mission Field. By T. A. Elaen- 

The World Conflict. By D. Rowland 3 

An Open Bible and Human Government. By M. M. 

a Useful Life Sone By M. Elizabeth Demy 3 

Efforts In Behalf of Pence. By Frederick Lynch 8 

The Other Judas. By Eleanor .T. Brumbaugh, 3 

The Bound Table, — 

BrMgewater College, Virginia.— Jno. S. Flory. Vail 
■ '■i' Xi'ia Llrliiy. How Jokiih Prayed. — Kzra Flory. 
Who Shall Be King? — O. Fred Laughlln. Youth and 
IdealB.— Arthur W. Beer. Sunday-school Lesson for 
Jan, 24, 1»16 31 

Home and Family, — 

A True story or sowing and Reaping.— Mary Barnhart. 
When- Is Thy Sister 1 .' --(Jinn Karri 3! 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

* (Concluded from Page 45.) 

Spring Eiuu- 

leful gift. After 

Bro. D. T. Detweiler, of New Enterprise. 
lea or meetings. He was with us until 

■ry Inclement wu-nther, part of the time 
nail. Bro. Del Wfller preached seventeen 
ire that strong Impressions were made, 
-ship has been streiifc'tlio I spiritually 

residing. — Alice L. Swlgart, Mnttawana, 

27 our Sunday-school elected her of- 
iar. Bro. Roy Dui 

Christian Workers' Meeting 

llnu.iwult preached 

president of 


• day. Bro. Eugene 1 


teacher. — Ellen Harldson, 


hat of Bro. Clayton B. Mllle 
hool with Bro. I. C. Wnltson 
lei Grifllth as secretary, Bro 
1 folks a nice talk on Sunday 
:hool. Bro. Miller preached 
~unday -school 

for us on | 

progress in 

ion. Fountain City, Tenn.. Jan 
C. H. Walter, of Summuc 

: Word 

' officiated, 

Nov. 2. we 1 
B. B. Garbei 

S. Thorn: 
Bro. S. C 

uncil Jan. 1. Owing to the 
ir regular elder, Bro. W. K. 
ne asked to be relieved as 

people enjoyed 
Lebanon. — D. 

spring. Dec. 
he children. 
Ing.— Anna Bel 

Bro. S. N. McCann, of Brldgewa 
Day. ' 

i sessio 

■ decided ti 
e granted. 

Mill Creek.— R 

Bro. E. C. Wine 
nglng class somc- 

:sglving Day Bro. 

in Sunday the writer 

mcll Jan 1. Eld. S. D. 
t Brhlgewater, Va., wafi 
dved by letter, and two 
ler Is our Sundav-scliool 
imlttee from Mill Creek 
will be asked to change 
B valley some territory 
h E. Williams, Mount 

council at the Stonewall 

I from l Cor. 2: 2. 


water, Va., . 

Topeco. — 1 

n Sunday afternoon.- 

e met in councl 
lurch officers w 

to take the fr« 

Dalevllle Jan. 
:enjatlve to the Sunday 

given by the Sunday-school 

On Sunday following 

Meda M. Garber, Bridge- 
Eld. L. M. Weddle pre- 
:ed. Bro. G. W. Hylton 
the Bible School, 



Bro. E. D. Gen: 

Workers 1 Meeting, 

Sunday Bro. R 

1 >.:■. ■'. 

} council Dec. 26 
k charge of the 

the place during 
ger Is our clerk; 
, choristers; Bro. 

Lettie Wagoner, 
nt of our Chris- 
imlnger is seere- 

Seattle, will be 

State. We have a good congregation, and a churehhousi 
four and one-half miles from town. We also have a two- 
room school building. Our church Is in the foothills, where 
the land is quite fertile and productive. For further Infor- 
mation concerning this locality write to Ida Metcalf, or the 

"'-signed, the committee.- -|v ;u -| Hixson. Box M!, Chewelah, 

Wash., Dec. 30. 


Chestnut Grove,— Jan. 2 we met in the Pleasant View 

church for regular council, with Eld. J. S. Zlgler presiding. 

since our last report two have been received by letter. The 

ivorgsiinzatkin Ml' onr Sunday-school was as -follows: Bro. 

■" Jones, superintendent; Bro. Cecil Fox, secretary mid 


each ol 


. Va., Jan, 

■ Sunday-scli 
our eighth . 


i four accepted Chrl 
sslonary day. At t 

Tear Coat. — We 

[ will 


the fust Saturday in July, 
day in October. With Bro. J. 
I'liiisiderable routine business, 
fleers, etc. Sister Mabel Kuh'n 
We also chose other officers, an 
ward reorganizing our Chris tia 
Mabel Kulin has also been chose 
Stanley, Wis., Jan. G. 

i council Jan. 2. Our 
Saturday in April, th 

was chosen superintendent 
took preliminary steps to 

Workers' Meeting. Sistei 


JAN. 23 TO 31. 

Saturday, Jan. 23. 

S:15 P. M., Lecture. — Dr. John Merritte Driver. (This is 

the fourth number of our Lecture Course.) 

Sunday, Jan. 24. 

4G, Sermon. — A C. Wieand. 

Monday and Tuesday, Jan. 25 and 36. 
*£' XJl e Fundam * ntaI Laws of the Higher Spiritual Life. 
C. Wieand. 

: 30, Lectures on Sunday-school Work. — Paul H Bowman 
1 Chapter Studies.— A. C. Wieand. 
Paul H. Bowman. 
Entire Life of Christ. — A. C. 

—Paul H. Bow; 
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Jan. 

' " vs of the Higher 

Paul H. Bowman. 

. The Fundarr 
D. Wieand. 

0:30, Lectures on Sundav-school ' 
1: 15, Selected Chapter Studies.— j? 
: 45, The Galatlan Letter. — Paul H 
: 30, How to Remember the Entii 

: 15, Church and Social Service.— 
: 45^ Sermon.— Jacob Hollinger. 

Saturday, Jan. 

: 00, Educational Meeting: (l) t 

X.e.i.d Education of Our Min 
How to Get It.— A. B. Miller. 
45, Sermon.— Jacob Hollinger. 

Sunday, Jan. ! 

r Spiritual Life.— 
Paul H. Bowman. 

i Responsibility of the 
Religious, and Moral 
Bowman. (2) 'A Plan 
islonaries. — A. C. 
>. Bonsack. (4) 
Extent, Variety, 

'ednesday after a, i M c 

date Bro. H. C. 

good. On apiei 

beneficial for 

Sunday-school. Bro. Alley preached the cohere. "leaseToUft? us^yo 

id lodging will be J3.50 a wee 
Mcils will be twenty-five een 
college will arrange 

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Vol. 64. 

Elgin, 111., January 23, 1915. 

No. 4. 


The War Spreading to Africa. 
It now appears that Turkey's threat of inciting their 
coreligionists in other lands to a " holy war," was no 
idle boast, for already the French troops in Morocco have 
been made to feel the effects of the edict. A letter from 
Tangier says that the French have been compelled to 
evacuate the last of their fortified posts in the Moroccan 
interior. The losses of the French troops have been 
heavy, and the more so because no teenforcements could 
be procured when overwhelming numbers of Mohamme- 
dan warriors hurled themselves upon their antagonists. 
Since the bulk of the French army is naturally concen- 
trated upon the European battle line, it is altogether likely 
that the French occupation of Morocco will sooner or 

later be 

Conditions in Palestine. 
Owing to the threatening famine situation in Palestine, 
the American Jewish Relief Committee is taking steps by 
which the urgently needed shipments of foodstuffs to 
that country will be dispatched as quickly as possible. A 
recent letter informs us: "Palestine is facing a famine, — 
a real famine in the fullest sense of the word. Unless 
speedy relief is afforded, starvation threatens the popula- 
tion of the entire country." While missionaries and other, 
religious workers were, until recently, adequately pro- 
vided for, both means and provisions are now practically 
exhausted, and their future subsistence is causing great 
:ing made to have the State De- 

partment of 

land undertake 

of pro- 


Conferences Better Than Strikes, 
nmissioners of Ohio have recently made ex- 
tensive inquiries into the comparative merits of strikes, in 
the light of the more rational settlement of labor troubles 
conferences. Only eleven per cent of the 
med by union labor in Ohio, in the fourteen 
nty-five thousand population and over, can 
I to the efficacy of a strike. The settle- 


the repealed shocks, and, in falling, buried the people 
beneath the ruins. It is supposed that many, still beneath 
the wreckage, are possibly alive, but obviously they can 
not long withstand the effects of exposure to the cold, 
and lack of sustenance. Of all lands, Italy is doubtless 
most susceptible to seismic disturbances. Only six years 
ago her people passed through the crucible of a similar 
affliction. As the world's succor and sympathy was then 
freely given lor the alleviation of the great distress, so it 
will doubtless again cheer the unfortunate survivors of the 

great calamity. — 

Large Audiences. 
That the people of China are really awakening to the 
preaching of the Gospel, and are eager to hear the life- 
giving Message, is apparent from the fact that the noted 
evangelist, Mr. Sherwood Eddy, has recently been speak- 
ing to audiences of fully four thousand people. The 
tabernacle in which these meetings are held was built 
especially for the work, and answers its purpose most 
admirably. Official China is very favorable to Christian- 
ity. This is more especially indicated by the fact that 
President Yuan Shih Kai offered a site for the tabernacle 
on the sacred grounds of the " Temple of Heaven," — ac- 
counted to be the most famous shrine of the old-time 
religious cult. The offer was refused only because the 
site, finally decided upon, was considered as being most 


Fewer Breweries, More Churches. 
If we may believe the figures submitted by "The 
American Contractor," a journal devoted to the building 
trade, the breweries of our land spent for buildings and 
extensions $14,570,000 in 1906, but expended less than 
$3,000,000 in 1913. The amazing part of the story, how- 
ever, is this: Whereas, in 1906, the churches of the coun- 
try spent $5,632,000 in building operations, they changed 
places with the breweries in 1913, for that year they 
nk of the churches of our land 
tich for buildings as the breweries! 
months of 1914 the record was even more 
ng this period the breweries spent only 
e churches spent $4,389,986, or over ten 
Come to think of it, it is but right and 
proper that breweries should decrease as churches become 
more numerous, and more fully alive to their oppor- 

American Missions in Turkey, 
ne of the remarkable things, during the present war 
/ities in Turkey, is the fact that the missionary forces, 
ting to save the world, arc, in some places at least, 
igly busy, though working under many disad- 
vantages and perplexities. Repeated assurances have 
been given to tile American authorities that mission work- 
ers from the United States are not to be molested, and 

lit le 



spent $13,870,506. 
spending five time: 


assurance. The total value of mission buildings, hospitals, 
orphanages, etc., under control of American boards, runs 
to a large amount, and destruction or injury to any of 
the property would mean at least temporary abandonment 
of the work. The Turks themselves realize the gravity of 
the situation fully, and act accordingly. One of their lead- 
ing officials recently said, pointing to the school buildings 
at Beirut: "There is the emblem of peace in a world of 

The Great War. 
At this writing (forenoon of Jan. 19), news from the 
Western battle line (France and Belgium) seems to be 
somewhat contradictory. While decisive gains at two 
points are claimed by the German forces, an emphatic 
denial is made by the allied armies. Practically the same 
situation prevails on the Eastern scene of hostilities, both 
sides claiming gains and denying any repulses. It is an- 
nounced by the French that a legion of Japanese volun- 
teers is being formed, in support of the allied forces in 
France. This move being wholly voluntary, will not obli- 
gate the allied nations to accord special favors to Japan 
at the time of final settlement. No definite agreement has 
been entered into, as yet, by the United States and Great 
Britain, as to rules governing shipments of goods to Eu- 
rope, It seems quite evident, however, to a fair-minded 
observer, that the British are not inclined to yield privi- 
leges that will benefit United States 
detriment of their own interests. 



e other 


e per cen 

was clearly due to 


ces in v. 

hich the 

merits of the re- 



aims w 

-re fully 


and all grievances 

ly dispo 

sed of. I 

would S€ 

em apparent, there- 

a confe 

ence leading to a 

mutually agreeable 


any differences i 

i question 

is the only logical 


A str 

lie, at be 

t, is a clumsy and expensive 



Alcohol's Baneful Effect. 
Prof. Simpson, of Edinburgh University, in summing 
up his latest researches on the effect of alcohol upon the 
human body, gives the following: " (1) Alcohol, habitual- 
ly used, can of itself produce disease from which the ab- 
stainer remains exempt. (2) It aggravates diseases to 
which all are liable. (3) It renders those who habitually 
use it more open to attacks of various forms of diseases. 
(4) Habitual drinkers have less chance of recovery from a 
fever or an injury than an abstainer. (5) In the crisis of 
serious disease the drinker gets less benefit from stimu- 
lating medicines than the total abstainer." These deduc- 
tions, coming, as they do, from a scholar whose authority 
on the matter is unquestioned, are worthy of profound 
consideration by all. They prove conclusively that the 
effect of alcoholic drinks is harmful and never otherwise. 

German Socialists for Peace. 
It is but fair to admit that German Socialists, in com- 
mon with men of like, convictions in other lands, are 
strong believers in peace, and wholly opposed to war 
and all that pertains to it. That thousands of them are 
engaged in the present conflict, is not due to their own 
choice but is simply brought about by compulsion of 
their respective Governments. Dr. Karl Liebknecht, the 
well-known Socialist leader in Germany, and member of 

"Among the German v 



on to the war than is generally 


posed." It 
England h 

t appeal to his brother 
s that, owing to a lack 

of num 


d adequ 

tc international organization, th 


could not be prevented 


outstart. It must b 

e admitted that the Socia 



to war, 

have been far more ci 


earnest tlia 



Further War Agitation. 

Time aft 

cr time 

ve have been told that i 

was th 

e ob- 

ject of Great Brit 

ain, in the present wa 

'■ t0 


Italy's Great Calamity, 
and 14, cable messages gave i 
story of disastrous earthquake 


the central part of Italy, feelings of deepest sympathy 
went out to the stricken people. Latest reports 
that at least 40,000 lives have been lost, and th 
people have been more or less seriously injured, 
and famine are adding horror to the situation 
latest reports a heavy snowfall is making the 
rescue more and more difficult. For this reas 
it is absolutely impossible, at this writing, to give an ac- 
curate description of the great damages wrought. Much 
of the havoc is due to the character of the buildings. 
Lumber not being plentiful in the Apennine Peninsula, 
most of the houses are wholly built of stone or brick- 
generally not as securely as they should be in a regioi 
subject to earthquakes. Most of the heavy It 
and the many cases of injury, must, therefore, 
uted to the fact that the houses were unable to 



i of life, 


arrogant militarism," and "this task having been com- 
pleted by a decisive victory, peace would thereafter pre- 
vail throughout Europe." Much to our astonishment, 
however a recent number of the London "Spectator,"— 
semi-officially reflecting the opinions of the British Gov- 
ernment.— contains the following significant language: 
"We hold it essential that, aftei 
should at once establish a systei 
training. Every youth wl 
receive a military educati 
military knowledge at the service ol tne 
years with the colors, and in a first and the 
serve till he has reached the age of fifty. 

of universal military 

physically unfit must 

and, further, must put his 

outlined abo 

compulsory military 

by the Allies.— but I 

making the period 

instead of but three years, as is the r 

Where, in the program as outlined, 

gain in the interests of peace? 

in othe 
-ill then 


"A Steady Delight." 
California's noted author and naturalist, John Muir, 
who died recently, will be remembered by many of his 
striking epigrams, but none, perhaps, is more significant 
than the one which was quoted at his burial service. 
" Longest is the life that contains the largest amount of 
real enjoyment; of work that is a steady delight." Amid 
the many arduous duties of life, some of us are likely to 
miss the very thought suggested in Mr. Muir's quotation. 
Only as we fill our days with work that is "a steady de- 
light." because it adds, in some way, to the sum total of 
human happiness, may we be sure that " real enjoyment " 
is ours, and that life, as measured out to us by the Loving 
Father, is long enough for the work assigned. Well may 
we pray with the Psalmist, " So teach us to number our 
days that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom." This, 
after all, is the only way to achieve real happiness in this 
life and in the great beyond. Would you know how to re- 
joice in the Lord, even in the midst of human mishaps 
and miseries? Find the Christian's secret of a happy life 
in a heart filled with love to God, and set to do his will. 

No Excuse for War. 
Many persons, even today, look upon war as a thrilling 
and romantic undertaking. Many others reconcile them- 
selves to it as a necessary evil, considering it as the only 
means of getting rid of established wrongs. Strange, in- 
deed, it is that civilized races, glorying in the achieve- 
ments of intellectual thought for centuries of patient en- 
doavor, should, in a moment of ill-advised ambition, give 
consent to the destruction wrought by 

than all this 

Great Britain — 
Dnly include every feature of 
—now so severely condemned 
to go even a step farther by 
pulsory service four years, 

own land who, in full cognizance of Europe's terrible 
slaughter, are advising the purchase of still more exten- 
sive armaments,— more dreadnoughts and larger guns! 
It is said that armament concerns of our land are un- 
blusbingly entering upon a strong campaign for militar- 
ism, larger in extent than this country ha 
A secret lobby at the national capital has b( 
by the makers of armor plate, manufactur. 
builders of battleships, and dealers in munit 
general. It is said that millions of dollar: 
to bring pressure upon Congress, in order that the 

sary legislation may be passed. The- Ar ; 

confidently expect that with " bought-ai 
opinion, in leading papers, they will c 
Bryan, who arc pacifically incl : 

of powder, 

Krupps " 
paid-for " public 
pel Wilson and 
itep out of the 

way. and let them do what they 
lovers of peace must bestir tbemselv 
for idle words, but for decisive acti 
effective results for peace. 

■ill. Evidently the 
s! This is no time 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 


Sillily to 



an that nccdctli 
of Truth 

The Faith Sublime. 

There is no unbelief! 
■ plants a seed beneath the sod, 
Is to see it push away the clod, 

Trusts he in God. 


> tinbeliefl 
tys when clouds are in the sky, 
heart, light brcakelh by and by," 
the Most High. 


There is no tinbeliefl 
Whoever sees, 'math winter's fields of s 
The silenl harvests of the future grow, 

God's power must know. 

Knows God 

vill keep 

There is no 



says tomorro 

w. the u 

The futu 

re, trusts that 
He dare (lis 

Power a 

There is no 


The hear 

that looks 01 

when d 

And dar 

s to love whe 

n life ha 

. God's comfort knows 

Bible Te 

eart lives by the faith that lips deny, 
God knowcth why. 

m in German Settlement Congrega- 
tion, West Virginia. 


n years the above-named congregation has 
ule to spend the holidays in a special Bible 

For se 
made it ; 

term. They seek to build up their large membership 
through instruction _in the Word. Thus far it has 
been their practice to call one person from beyond 
the congregation to assist, the balance of the help be- 
ing taken from the home congregation. During the 
term, held these last holidays, Bro. Marshall Wolfe 
had a regular period on " Practical Ethics," Bro. Wm. 
L. Teets, on " The Minor Prophets," and Bro. Harold 
Miller on " Passion Week." The first two named are 
young ministers, while the latter is a lay-member, 
spending the current year in Blue Ridge College. 

Special addresses by older members and a num- 
ber of recitations by the young members were also 
marked features of the term. One period was given 
first to the discussion of " Demon Possession," and 
afterwards to " Missions," while another period was 
devoted to the study of " The Holy Spirit." The 
evenings were given first to observations in Scandi- 
navia, China, India, Russia and Persia, and then to 
evangelistic sermons. The study of the Holy Spirit 
proved to be a special blessing, for out of it grew a 
united body, longing for the conversion of souls. 

At the close of the afternoon session of Friday, the 
congregation united in prayer in behalf of two rather 
aged, unconverted people in the community, because 
two members were going to call on them, and ask 
them to give their hearts to the Lord. This, too, was 
the result of the call. The next day, while the peo- 
ple were eating their lunch from their baskets, a fath- 
er in another family gave his heart to the Lord. That 
afternoon the session again closed with united prayer 
for another visit, and this visit also proved the 
power of the Spirit's work in answer to prayer, for 
the father of Bro. Harold Miller, one of the teachers, 
gave his heart to the Lord. Thus prayers were an- 
swered and God glorified greatly. 

Some people say, " We can not have a Bible Term." 
This congregation clearly points out that any congre- 
gation who wills, can have one. Some think they can 
not have a term unless they have thus and so as teach- 
ers. This congregation has proved that home talent 
is a great and practical aid in such an effort. The 
true teacher always learns more than his pupils, and 
when that teacher is a minister in the home congre- 
gation, that body gets the benefit of his new inspira- 

tion afterwards. There is sympathy and helpfulness 
about the whole plan that is fine. 

German Settlement, numerically, is no small con- 
gregation, — over 400 members. They are, however, 
scattered far and wide, midst the hills and moun- 
tains, until they have need of five houses of their 
own, and interest in several union houses. Fifty 
years ago it was not so. Then a handful gathered 
and worshiped, and when their number increased to 
about twenty-five, the bishop said, after a baptizing 
when a number had been received, " Now we are a 
large congregation, and shall soon be able to have a 
meetinghouse." Decidedly rural, — eleven miles from 
the railroad, — the spirit of the fathers of this church 
is still felt, for, look which way you will, almost every 
family is identified with either the Brethren or Luth- 
eran faith. 

The fathers climbed hill and mountain, called in 
humble hut and rugged hovel, and told the story of 
redeeming live in a true Apostolic spirit. The con- 
gregation, though still far from the railroad, has 
caught the spirit of world-wide evangelism, just the 
same. On the closing day of the term, — being mis- 
sionary day, — an offering in pledges for the year 
amounted to over $500 and in addition, two young 
sisters offered themselves to get ready for the foreign 
mission field. These, with the four who have put on 
Christ in baptism, are the immediate results of the 
Bible Term, — but the real harvest comes in the end 
of the world. Praise God for his goodness to all who 
were permitted to attend the Bible term of 1914-15! 

Elgin, III. 

A Word of Approval. 


I was much pleased with our Office Editor's write- 
up in Gospel Messenger No. 1, entitled, "A Glance 
Into 1915." In it he 'gave us the attitude we may 
expect the Gospel Messenger to take, with reference 
to the New Testament faith, principles, and methods, 
for the year 1915. We felt like taking new courage, 
after we had carefully read the article. We rejoice 
that the Messenger, our recognized church organ, 
defines more clearly than ever, the position by which 
it makes itself heard on Christ's side, on every ques- 
tion confronting the church. 

While we express our pleasure and appreciation of 
the Messenger's policy, to give voice to the church's 
protest, and to speak with freedom as to what has 
been learned from God, we believe we express in this 
the sentiment of every one who has " received a love 
for the truth." 

Our prayer is that God may help the Messenger 
staff to follow the lead of the Holy 'Spirit in 1915. 

Allow me to suggest that if any have missed read- 
ing the article referred to, or have hastily glanced 
over it, turn to it again, and reread it. 

Then, again, while the Messenger can, and does, 
do much in moulding sentiment, and in keeping the 
truth before us; and developing its readers along 
right channels, it should and must have the witness- 
bearing, and cooperation of its constituents. Espe- 
cially should those, who may act as contributors to 
its columns, use proper precaution. They should not 
let slip, now and then, a word, or sentence, or teach- 
ing, that may tend to defeat the object or policy out- 
Then, too, it will be in place and wise, for all and 
any whom God can use and doss use, to minister in 
the sanctuary, or in the Sunday-school, by tongue or 
by the production of the pen, to exhibit God, to do 
their best to get rid of self. Let us never mix our- 
selves with the God we want to show. Here lies a 
very subtle danger in which the spirit of man may fail 
of its complete function as God's light and ministry. 

A man may be rich in attainments, well educated, 
having accuracy of thought and speech, and yet, 
while bearing the message to others, he may nearly 
leave God in the dark. 

" But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that 
the excellency of the power may be of God, and not 
of us" (2 Cor. 4: 1). May the touch of the hand of 
God come on all, that the message he speaks may be 
the message that monopolizes self, so that, in speech 

and messages, the Holy Ghost may have his own 
way. Thus may we together struggle onward, seek- 
ing to gain in faith and obedience, so that, when our 
earthly task is over, we may have abundant reason to 
say, " I have glorified thee on earth. Now, Father, 
glorify thou me with thyself forever." 
Alvo, Nebr. 

Over 3,000 Sleep on the Floor. 


In the midst of severe winter weather and so much 
poverty and suffering, because of so many who are 
unemployed, you will be interested to know how a 
large city like Chicago is meeting the situation. 

A short time ago, with the thermometer around 
zero, a brother and myself visited the lodging house 
district at 10 P. M. In this section the price of a bed 
is from five to twenty-five cents. The city has rented 
a large five-story factory, and removed the partitions 
and machinery, — the purpose of said place being to 
shelter men who do not have the necessary five cents 
for a bed in one of the private places. 

It was near midnight when we arrived at the place 
just mentioned. The two officers in charge, when 
they recognized us as being mission workers, took us 
through and explained their plans to us. 

At four P. M. the doors are opened and men are 
waiting for admittance. The top floor is filled first, 
and then on down to the first. All who get in prior 
to 10 P. M. get a piece of dry bread and a cup of 

The men were packed like sheaves in a mow, as 
close as they could get. Small aisles are left between 
every two rows. 

The bare, hard floor is the bed. Many of them 
take their shoes for a pillow, Some wrap them in 
their coat or a paper. 

The covering is the clothes they have when they 
come. Some are very thinly clad. There are men 
ranging in ages from nineteen to sixty years. Many 
are polluted with vermin, due to their filthy condition. 
They will be sitting on the floor, with shoes off and 
clothing rolled up, killing as many of the insects as 
they can find, in order that sleep may be possible 
for themselves and those on either side. 

The place is made comfortable by large furnaces. 
In spite of the effort to ventilate, the air is heavy. 
Lights are low. Hope, cheer and peace, or any 
social intercourse, are wholly lacking. 

When we left, there had come in 3,150, and others 
were still coming. It is significant to learn, from the 
records of these, that about four-fifths are not resi- 
dents of Chicago. They hear that they can be ac- 
commodated in this way, and they come from far 
and near, city and country. 

At five A. M. the lodgers begin to vacate. As at 
night, they get rations. In this and two smaller places 
the city has been lodging between 3,000 and 5,000 
men each night during the winter. 

Among the poor people in the city the suffering is 
intense. At one home we called near noon. Here 
a man about seventy years of age lived alone. He was 
in an old dirty bed, explaining that he stayed in bed 
to save coal. The weather was zero then, and there 
was no fire in his two rooms. 

We find homes where they are living from what 
they can secure in the alleys; from the garbage cans. 
Women and chilaren are seen barefooted. — some with 
only summer underwear. Others have been found 
living under the sidewalk, and many in dark, cold 

The Chicago Associated Charities have been doing 
some noble work in behalf of the needy. As a church 
we are glad to report that we are having a part in 
this God-approved work of caring for the poor. Hun- 
dreds are being reached through two of our missions. 
Our people in the country are sending in clothing, 
money and provisions. Because of this it has been 
possible for us to reach over 3,000 people with pro- 
visions, clothing and fuel, thus far this winter. 

Many of these are receiving help often. It has 
been a great revelation to the workers to see . how 
many are compelled to live. Some are so glad for 
clothing and eatables that they cry for joy. It is 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

quite a transition from decaying vegetables, picked 
up in the alley, to country butter, noodles and chick- 
Many children would have had no reminder of the 
recent Christmas season, had it not been for the chil- 
dren on the farm, who made dolls, candy and pop- 
corn. These were distributed in the hospitals as well 
as in many homes. 

There is a constant stream of needy ones coming to 
our doorsteps for help. Just two evenings ago word 
came from a place in need. Upon investigation we 
found a widow and six children in a basement. They 
were two months back with the rent. The children 
were wearing about all the clothes they had. There 
was no coal and some debts to the doctor. A young 
boy, working in a factory, was his mother's only sup- 
port. Children have been seen in the box-cars, in the 
stock-yards district, picking the grain out of the 

cracks of the floor, left by the cat- 

tie and hogs. 

What does all this mean in a re- 
ligious way? It follows that the at- 
tendance at the Sunday-schools is 
increasing, and homes are opening 
for Bible teaching. Every one 
reached in a temporal way gets a 
message, in some way, from the 
Lord. It also opens a large way for 
many in the country, to do some- 
thing for the cause of. Christ. We 
do well to ponder his words : " In- 
asmuch as ye have done it to the 
least of these my brethren, ye have 
done it unto me." This work would 
have been impossible, had it not 
been for the assistance of our 
friends on the farm. Our prayer 
is that all who helped in any way 
may be richly rewarded by him ' 

3435 Van Buren Street, Chicago. 

ligious services he ever saw. In concluding his ap- 
peals to the people, he referred to the need of a better 
city government, a growing civic righteousness, high- 
er ideals of life, and an humble walking with God by 
one and all. closing with these words: "When I was 
a boy and left home for this country, my father, who 
was a preacher, laid his hands on my head and gave 
me his blessing, saying : ' My son, walk with God.' 
That," said the Mayor, " I have been trying to do 
ever since." Then, suddenly, the Mayor turned to- 
wards tlic Governor-elect, M. G. Brumbaugh, and 
said, " There is our next Governor, one of Philadel- 
phia's productions,— a man that Philadelphia and the 
State ought to feel proud of,— a scholar, a teacher, a 
Christian gentleman, a man who walks with God." 
The next speaker, Dr. M. G. Brumbaugh, then was 

announced. 1 f 

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The Sunday-school Teachers' Part in Improving the 
Moral Condition of Society? 

The speakers handled the subjects very ably, and 
if the instruction received is put to practice in our 
everyday lives, much good will surely be realized 
in the Sunday-schools of the District. On Thursday 
we met in our Ministerial Session, with Bro. G. E. 
Wales Moderator; Bro. J. B. Firestone, Writing 
Clerk ; Bro. E. M. Kidwell, Reading Clerk. 

Topics for consideration: (1) The Preacher: (a) 
Define His Call, (b) What Should Be His Prepara- 
tion? (c) What Are His Discouragements and 
Compensations? (2) How Can We Show Our Ap- 
preciation for Ministers' Efforts? (3) How Can We 
Make Our Worship in Song Service More Efficient, 
Spiritually, to Ourselves and Others? (4) What En- 
couragement and Help Should the Sisters Render the 
Minister's Wife? 

The speeches on the above topics 
| showed careful consideration on the 
part of the speakers, and we are 
sure that if their efforts are appre- 
ciated as they should be, it will be 
a means of great spiritual growth, 
both for the preacher and the laity, 
as these arc questions of great im- 
port to all. 

On Friday morning the District 
Conference was organized, choosing 
Hro. J. A. Miller, Moderator; Bro. 
A. A. Sutter, Reading Clerk; Bro. 
J. B. Firestone Writing Clerk. Af- 
ter reading of Acts 15, and remarks 
on the same by the Moderator, the 
meeting took up the business of the 

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Dedication of the Billy Sunday Tabernacle, 
Philadelphia, Pa. 


It was our privilege to attend the 'dedication serv- 
ices of the Billy Sunday tabernacle on the last night 
of the old year, 1914. The immense structure is in- 
tended to seat about twenty thousand people,— say- 
ing nothing of the standing room for thousands more. 
We shall never forget the thrill that came over us as 
we looked out over the thousands of people. Back 
of the pulpit, on a gradual elevation of seats, sat a 
choir of three thousand or more trained singers, who 
fairly made the tabernacle quiver as they sang. 

The tabernacle itself is a wooden structure, cost- 
ing several thousand dollars. It must be seen and 
studied, to be admired and appreciated. It is simply 
wonderful in its arrangement and acoustic properties. 
On Sunday, Jan. 3, was the opening of the taber- 
nacle for the evangelistic services which are to con- 
tinue for not less than nine weeks, Billy Sunday doing 
the preaching. At the first service the building was 
crowded, and thousands turned away. So wonderful 
is the organization of the tabernacle meetings, reach- 
ing out and embracing nearly all the evangelical 
churches of Philadelphia, and such a magnetic hold 
has Billy Sunday on the people that, were the ca- 
pacity of the tabernacle twice as large as it is, it 
would still be too small for the crowds who come to 
hear the speaker. We are not an admirer nor a be- 
liever in Billy Sunday's methods, as a preacher of 
the Gospel of the Nazarene, yet we frankly admit 
that it takes more than a psychologist to interpret the 
secret of his power over the great mass of people 
who want to hear him, and are influenced by him. 

The first speech of the dedication services was by 
Mayor Blankenburg,— the genial old man with a 
young heart, who has the welfare of rich and poor, 
learned and unlearned, at heart, and who has a warm 
handshake and a kind word for one and all. The 
Mayor spoke of the pleasure it gave him to take part 
in the dedication of the greatest tabernacle for re- 

things that were an honor and a credit to the Church 
of the Brethren. Never did I feel more proud of 
the principles of our people than I did after the mas- 
terly address of Bro. Brumbaugh. Let the whole 
church pray for him that he may be used by God for 
better government ! One thing that the Doctor said 
and emphasized particularly, I shall never forget: 
"The man who does not begin the day with daily 
prayer, is not even a good citizen." Then, after 
speaking of graft, misrule, debasing shows, and re- 
proving and rebuking the popular sins of society, and 
wrong-doing in general, he said, with wonderful ef- 
fect, these words, which we quote as nearly correct 
as possible : " I hope you will pray tonight that you 
may always be ruled by such men as our honorable 
Mayor— men who walk with God." Then came the 
close of his masterly address, which greatly thrilled 
the tabernacle audience: "In the midst of light is 
the beautiful. In the midst of the beautiful is the 
good. In the midst of the good is God. Find the 
center, my brother; find the. center, my sister." 

Thus closed an interesting dedication service. 

Parkerford, Pa. 

District Conference of Texas and Louisiana. 

Writing Clerk of District Conference. 

Another District Conference for Texas and Louis- 
iana has passed. The elders of the District, as well 
as some others of our ministers, met with the Roanoke 
congregation to enjoy the spiritual feast Dec. 31 to 
Jan. 1. We enjoyed a very uplifting and profitable 
season together, which, we trust, will result in in- 
creased efforts and greater aspirations on the part 
of each one present. 

On Wednesday, at 10 A. M., we convened in the in- 
terest of the Sundav-school work, with Bro. J. A. Mil- 
ler as Moderator; Bro. G. E. Wales. Reading Clerk; 
and Bro. A. J. Wine. Writing Clerk. The topics un- 
der consideration were as follows: (1) How Should 
the Sunday-school Commemorate Christmas? (2) 
Teacher-training Class: How Organize and Conduct? 
(3 1 What Are the Advantages of the Organized 
Class' (4) Importance of Song Service in Sunday- 
school"' (5) Shall We Observe Decision Day? (6) 

District. Bro. J. M. Moore was 

| elected on the Mission Board; Bro. 

R. M. Harris, District Sunday- 
school Secretary for three years; Bro. A. J. Wine, 
District Temperance Secretary; Bro. M. H. Peters, 
District Mission Secretary. Bro. Samuel Badger was 
elected' delegate on Standing Committee; Bro. J. C. 
Minnix, alternate. 

Our next District Conference will be held in the 
Nocona congregation, at Nocona, Texas, during 
Christmas week. 

Roanoke, La., Jan. 4. 

At the Hills. 


No one enjoys publishing his ills, unless it be to 
close friends, but as one grows older, the more in- 
terest he has in the church of his choice, and the 
more closely allied he feels to every member of the 
body. To those who support us workers on the field 
by their means and constant sympathy, we feel es- 
pecially near. Certainly, we think of the aged as 
our fathers, and of the younger as our brothers, in 
very truth. 

We take it that you credit us with desiring to stick 
to our work till strength is exhausted. However, 
there come times in one's life when it is wisdom to 
rest, or at least to change surroundings. Some of 
us do not have the strength we would like to have, 
or think we need, for the arduous work we have to 
do. At the same time, we do not complain, for the 
Lord knows all about our needs, and he " careth for 
us." We are satisfied with his will. 

Hitherto, our missionaries have rarely left their 
work for a vacation. Perhaps we have not gone 
away as much as we should have. But, like other 
missionaries, we are slowly learning that it is unwise 
to live, year after year, in the heat, never enjoying 
other natural or spiritual heights. One can find many 
hale, rosy missionaries, even in India, but they get 
the air of the Hills nearly every year. But if they are 
ever fresh for their work, does it not pay in the 
long run? 

By permission of the Field Committee, the writer. 
with family, spent about two months away from the 
fever district and the ordinary routine of work, at 
Ootacamund. a Hill station in South India, among 
the famous Nilgiri Mountains. This station is 7.250 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1015. 

feet above sea level,— a sufficient height to guarantee 
fresh, bracing air, even in the torrid zone. 

To this resort, yearly, some hundreds of wearied 
missionaries and Government officials, among whom 
are the Governor of Madras and his council, come 
for a longer or shorter period. Ootacamund is a 
municipality, well kept, having, beside the " tran- 
sients," a few permanent English residents. The 
whole population of the town is about 20,000, who are 
scattered widely over those beautiful hills. 

Ootacamund gels two monsoons, — one from the 
southwest, which we get, and another from the north- 
east, making the rainy season longer than ours in the 
Bombay Presidency. However, the annual rain fall 
is not great. At any rate, the people never stop for 
rain or mist, and they look hearty and strong. 

Nature there is fine. Tall and beautifully straight, 
like pines, the eucalyptus trees, transplanted from 
Australia by the million, grow on the Nilgiris. Be- 
sides, the cedar, cypress, acacia, etc., grow luxuriant- 
ly; for the soil on these mountains is marvelously 
rich. We never saw flowers in such profusion, nor 
did we see them quite so rich in color. Calla lilies, 
geraniums, and roses of several colors, grow wild. 
They arc so numerous that towards the last we grew 
tired of them. We came across a long hedge fence 
of rose bushes, bearing very pretty single white roses. 

Paths and roads are well graded and well-kept, 
and vehicles are allowed full right-of-way, so that, 
ever and anon, autos, motors, bicycles, carriages, etc., 
whizzed by the traveler on foot. Among all these 
machines the American " Ford " was most common. 
As oft and again the haughty and clever English, with 
whom we commonly are unable to compete, came 
riding by, in one of these " Fords," I felt like shout- 
ing, "Hurrah for America!" 

The English of Ootacamund seemed to us very 
sane, and at this time, at least,—" during the war,"— 
quite religious. There was daily prayer in behalf of 
the needs of the war. 1 much enjoyed some of these 
prayer evenings, yet, at times, I became very tired 
of what seemed " selfishness " to me, for even good 
men were often heard praying for "our empire," 
utterly forgetting the rest of the Allies. I didn't en- 
joy hearing them pray for special grace and wisdom 
and guidance " for the generals at the front, and 
the admirals of the navy, that they may strike at the 
right time for victory." 

It seems to us that any true Christian ought to be 
content to leave the disposing of " the enemy," wheth- 
er English or German, to the Judge of all the earth, 
who will always do right. If God intervenes, he will 
somehow bring about results best for all concerned. 
He will overrule the war, "the wrath of men," to 
his own glory. 

The people of India are loyal to the British at this 
time, even though there was some sedition several 
years ago. Among the English themselves there is 
great patriotism for the flag. Even school-boys are 
remarkably ready and willing to shoulder the gun, 
either for near by service or for battle at the front. 
When the " regulars^' were called to the front, away 
from an important station,— a " cordite factory," em- 
ploying hundreds of hands,— eighty workers, young 
and old, were soon ready from Ootacamund to take 
the place of the absent ones. 

And missionaries' children, even, who, it is ordi- 
narily hoped, will follow in the footsteps of their 
parents in the service of the Master, giving their 
bodies as a "living" sacrifice, rather than offering 
themselves as targets to the enemy in what might, 
perchance, be an unholy war, are quite as wild to go 
to war. even to the front, as the children of civilians. 
I tried in vain to persuade a seventeen-year-old boy, 
the son of a very excellent missionary, that he would 
better prepare, by further study, to live a long life in 
the humble service of the Master, than to lay down 
his life soon, at the point of the bayonet. But no, 
for in reply he urged, " Is not Armageddon close at 
hand? Will not all true Christians have a part in 
that battle? How shall we fight then, if we are not 
trained beforehand?" 

Not being a fashionable people ourselves, we were 
much pleased to note the simplicity of dress on all 

hands, at Ootacamund. As we seemed a long way 
from the seat of the war, quite secure amidst the 
everlasting hills of India, so judging from appear- 
ances, we were a long distance from the vain fancies 
of Parisian dressmakers. The wife of the Governor 
of the Madras Presidency, — Lady Pentland, — who 
spends from six to nine months yearly on the hill, 
sets the pace in dress. For one so high in society, 
her plain, sensible clothing is a matter both of sur- 
prise and praise. It would not look well for the 
women of less rank to outdress the " chief lady " 
of the station. 

We attended the Union church, and heard the Old. 
Old Story simply told. There was no show, no de- 
sire to be eloquent, but a strong desire to have every 
one present hear God himself speak, through his 
own Word. And he did speak to our hearts, for 
what pierces like the Word itself?, Heb. 4: 12. The 
preacher was more of a teacher than an orator, and 
as he went through one chapter of Hebrews at a 
time, all his thoughts were taken from the Book it- 

At this writing we are back home, where we like 
best to be. The time spent in the Hills was pleasant 
and helpful, both physically and spiritually. We re- 
joice for the added strength and enthusiasm obtained, 
and we long to be all we can, by his grace, to these 
needy Christians and untaught lost * ones about us. 
Because of the time of recreation, we shall have all 
the more strength and vim for the ever-present duties 
about home. 

Vyara, India. 

Southern Ohio Sunday-School and Bible 


The thirteenth annual Sunday-school Teachers' In- 
stitute of Southern Ohio was held in the West Dayton 
congregation Dec. 28 to Jan. 1. The weather was 
ideal. The holiday vacation was on. Many school- 
teachers and pupils were present. The ministry of 
our church was, as is usual at these Institutes, well 
represented. The Gem City has excellent transporta- 
tion facilities from all parts of Southern Ohio. This 
contributed to a splendid representation from nearly 
all of our schools. 

Our instructors were Bro. A. C. Wieand, of Beth- 
any Bible School, Chicago, and Bro. Otho Winger, of 
North Manchester College, Ind. It was a much ap- 
preciated opportunity to have the heads of "these 
schools in our midst. 

Bro. Winger gave one address on each of the fol- 
lowing subjects : " The Mission of the Church," " The 
Christian Church Today," " The Church and Social 
Reform," " The Church and Social Service," " The 
Church and Universal Peace," " The Call of the City," 
and " The Call of the Country." The latter subject 
was of special interest because of our members being 
mostly rural, and because of the new problems con- 
fronting the country church. 

Bro. Wieand, in his addresses, gave " A Survey of 
the Lessons for 1915," "The Best Method of Study 
and Teaching, Illustrated by the Sunday-school Les- 
sons," " How to Remember the Life of Christ," and 
" Rejoice in the Lord Always." The latter address 
was especially fitting for the close of the Institute. 
One period was given in the demonstration of Gal. 
6: 2, "Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill 
the law of Christ." 

On account of conflicting dates with the North- 
western Ohio Institute, Bro. Winger was not with us 
on New Year's Day. 

The Query Box had its usual place on the pro- 
gram, and brought out much information along the 
line of Sunday-school Management and Bible Study. 
Our Musical Normal, conducted by Prof. S. L. Brum- 
baugh, of West Milton, again filled an important place, 
and proved to be a real help to those desiring to be- 
come more efficient in reading music and leading in 
song' service. Sister Elizabeth D. Rosenberger gave 
an address on "The Value of Music in Worship." 
The attendance was large and the interest very good 
throughout. To provide sufficient room, a part of the 
sessions was held in the First Church of the Brethren. 

According to the register, 393 enrolled their names. 
Of these nineteen were superintendents; fifty-five, 
teachers of advanced classes; twenty-five, intermedi- 
ate and twenty-two, primary teachers. Other State 
Districts were represented. Bro. D. H. Keller and 
wife have charge of the .W 7 est Dayton congregation. 
They spared no effort to make the stay of their many 
guests both pleasant and profitable. Bro. Chas. I. 
Flory was chairman of the Institute. Bro. Jacob 
Coppock was reelected on the program committee. 

Greenville, Ohio. 

The Work at Ahwa, India. 


Who says that if he were looking for a " soft 
snap " he would be a missionary ? Such a man surely 
has not seen below the surface of things. He may 
have'only read of the flowery side of the missionary's 
life, or he may have even visited a few of the mission 
stations for a day or two, when, of course, he was well 
entertained, and was shown the success of the work 
along its different lines. He saw the mission worker 
with his smiles, for he is expected always to smile 
under all conditions. Some think that in such a great 
and joyous work there are no problems to solve, — 
nothing to worry and aggravate the workers. They 
imagine that all who become Christians are at once 
transformed into angels, and thus conduct themselves 
ever after. 

When a certain volunteer spoke to his teacher of 
his intentions of going to the field, the teacher said 
gravely, " Well, you will get up against the real 
thing." So it has been found by every one who has 
entered this line of work. Visionary and romantic 
ideals turn into stern reality. 

There was a Christian school-master who did 
good work in the school-room. He had a goodly 
number of boys, and kept them interested, but, out- 
side of the school-room he failed to act exemplarily. 
In many things he would not listen to advice or or- 
ders. Finally he left the place without permission, 
and did not return to his work, and no one knows 
where he now is. 

Another master has been a Christian from his 
childhood and is fairly well educated. One of the 
people ,with whom he works has good influence ap- 
parently, but when some of his friends come, from 
the place where he formerly worked, who are rascals 
and bent on mischief, he receives them, and they give 
him presents. They prove to be thieves, and when 
they are finally caught, it comes out that the master 
helped them in a kidnaping case, so he is also put in 
the lock-up. His school is now closed. 

Other masters leave because of the conditions that 
exist here in the jungle, fifty miles from the railway. 
One of these, who could not get a place because he 
had no recommendation from us, is now willing to 
return and take up the work. So it goes. The schooj- 
work, on which are our greatest hppes of reaching 
these people, is at a low ebb at times. But it is not 
hopeless, by any means. One new school has been 
opened lately. Next week two new masters are com- 
ing, so that some of the closed schools can be re- 
opened. But even with the school being opened; the 
work is not done, by any means, but only begun, for 
the children and parents have no idea what learning 
is, and so are not anxious to come to school. So, un- 
less the masters are very tactful and attractive, it is 
very hard to keep up the attendance. 

Now I am not saying that there are no joys or glad 
times in the life of the missionary, for there are many, 
and these are just as real as any part of it. There 
are faithful men on whom we can depend to do their 
work with the right motive. There is a small village 
in which a master and. several families of Christian 
farmers live. Four of us drove out to this village 
the other day with our team and spring-wagon. 
During the rains the roads wash very much, and at 
some places become impassable, so we had to hunt 
around for other places to make our way. Till we 
reached the village, we had become wet and dirty, 
but they were all glad to see us. With our conditions 
of travel it is impossible to keep in fine trim very 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

long, so nothing more is expected, and they know Our church here is located in a suburban section, 

that clothes do not make the man. And yet some composed largely of poor people. Many of them are, 

of them keep themselves and houses marvelously 
clean and nice. It is a joy to visit them and to sit on 
the floor and eat with them. Many, of course, are on 
the other extreme, and so it is no wonder that there 
is so much disease among them. Just now many have 
sore eyes, which goes the rounds, especially with the 
children. Fever cases are plenty now, too. Thus 
our days go by, giving advice here, giving medicine 
there. Not always do we get them to take it. Then, 
too, we must see to it that all lines of work are going 
properly, etc. 

With all the trials there is the supreme joy of the 
thought that it is the Lord's work and if we suffer 
with him we shall also reign with him. If it were 

at this time, without work. The church, — with our 
Sunday-school and Sisters' Aid Society, as auxiliaries, 
— is constantly caring for these needy ones as best it offl' 
can. Some families are in abject poverty. Only 
yesterday my wife visited a home where the parents 
and ten children sleep in an upper room, on a pile of 
loose straw on the floor. The father is without work, 
and the children are pitifully in need of food and 
clothing. Here, perhaps, more than anywhere else, 
the devout and consecrated worker can see more 
fully the force of the Master's words, " The harvest 
truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few." 

During my two years of pastoral service in the 
metropolis of this State, I have again and again ob- 

Bro. A. E. Jelllson, secretary-treasure 

Our church peo- 

pie are enjoying an Interesting prayei 

meeting, which af- 

fords a source of deep spirituality. Th 

gonrl TjOrcl Is bless- 

Ing us. Our church people are located 

in Lawrence County. 

IH.— J. H. Jettison, R. D. 5, Vlncennest, 

1 Jan. H. Our elder. 

d our Sunrtfiv-prhonl 

, secretary, — Mary E. 

he PBllynefl. rin.l Bro, B. TV. Ofirhcr. of 

Decatur, w.i? closer, 

not for this hope, dark would be the future indeed! se rved that, generally speaking, city people know 
May he soon come, so that the nations of the world practically nothing abovit the doctrine of the Church 

church, to begin Jan. 17. Tl 
by jirjivpr nicotines, which 
until the meetl: 
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Grove church 

Crlpe. Mount Cnrrnll. 
unry council, with our 

will not learn war any mor 
and righteousness. 

Ahiva, via Bilimora, Indit 

A Christian Workers' Conference. 


The Christian Workers of Northern Illinois met 
in the Polo church Dec. 28 and 29, in a conference. 
The meeting was arranged by the District Secretary, 
Bro. S. C. Miller. It was the first meeting of the 
kind, held in the District. The purpose of the con- 
ference was to consider ways and means of attaining 
to greater efficiency in the work of the local societies. 
Lectures and round table discussions characterized 
the sessions. 

The talks by Bro. Miller were bristling with help- 
ful suggestions and ideas. He insisted that organiza- 
tion is highly essential, in order to realize the best 
results. The Christian Workers' Meeting should be 
very thoroughly organized, because workers pulling 
together accomplish more than workers apart. A 
good Christian Workers' president, like a good Sun- 
day-school superintendent, should be indefinitely con- 
tinued in office. An efficient president can not be 
developed in a few months. 

Bro. Miller outlined the plan of organization very 
completely, defining clearly the work of the officers 
and committees. A plan was given for programs, 
calling attention to the fact that the " Booklet " is 
intended as a help, merely, and should be so used. 
The effort of the committees should be to get real 
work out of the society. It will take some work, on 
their part, to do this. 

The Christian Workers' Meeting should be a sort 
of clearing-house for the Sunday-school and the 
church. Here the talent and resources of the church 
and Sunday-school are developed, work is outlined, 
and plans are formulated. This serves to give life 
to the work of the church, and the workers can labor 
more intelligently and effectively. 

Many questions were asked by the delegates con- 
cerning home problems. Something of value was al- 
ways given in answer. Bro. Miller had studied the 
field; he had a message of vital import, and those 
churches which failed to send delegates, missed much 

The interest in the conference sessions was splen- 
did. New opportunities for expression of Christian 
life and character were opened. The delegates re- 
turned to their homes with the determination to 
the Christian Workers' Meeting more efficient i 
Christian work. 

Polo, III. ~— 

City Work, As Seen from My Angle. 


Nov. 1, 1914, I completed my second year as pas- 
. tor in direct charge of the Woodberry church, this 
city. The year 1914 has been an eventful and busy 
one to me, and with each succeeding year my interest 
for the work, and my love for it, grows and deepens. 
The pastor of a city church is at once impressed 
with the immensity of the work. He knows full well 
that there can be no limit to the service that may be 

nd all will be peace f m 'e Brethren. Indeed, it is a painful thing to me, 

to know that they have never even heard that such J,";, 

a church exists. In individual cases, where some =»"' 

hare occasiqnally heard the sermons of our minis- ouai 

ters, they, seemingly, fail rightly to value her doc- £1" 

trine. clon 

In the rural districts of our great Brotherhood, Susi 

where people are fewer, and better acquainted, so- „„„,' 

cially and religiously, and where our churches are J"; 

more numerous and of long standing, the success of ami 

her doctrine is different. Here the people have been ',„'„ 

carefully and plainly taught by conscientious and '^ 

conservative men and women, the fundamental prin- eta, 

ciples of the Gospel, as understood by the Church of moi 

the Brethren. Thus her doctrines are known and Bl " 

valued, and interwoven in the community life. In the ane 

country, here and there, our church is well known, •> 

and becomes numerically strong. In the city the op- nt 

posite is true. pr o 

In the city of Baltimore, composed of about 600,000 slv 
souls, we have only two churches, their combined 
numerical strength being perhaps 250 members. 
Think of it! We are almost tempted to inquire, in 
the language of Andrew of old, "What are they 
so many? " 
1020 Falls Road, Baltimore, Md. 

to our elder.— F 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 


To Which Class Do You Belong? 


.Mankind is divided into two great classes, and 
each of us is in one of them. We are either for God 
or against him. There is no neutral ground. The 
question which each one may well ask himself is, 
"To which one of these classes do I belong?" We 
need but look into God's Word to classify ourselves 
where we stand. 

How much better it is to spend our lives with the 
children of God, in the upbuilding of his kingdom, 
than to spend our days in sin and wickedness! 

Let us look at the real Christian, for a moment. 
As he goes about his work, there is always a smile 
on bis face and a song on his lips. As he sings, 
"Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me," or. " WHat a Friend We 
Have in Jesus," he realizes the truthfulness of those 
words. How happy he is! Nothing seems to go 
wrong with him. Well may the Psalmist say of such 
a one: " He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers 
of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; 
his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he 
doeth shall prosper." 

Why is the Christian so happy? Why is he so 
eager to show his joy to others? Why is he so will- 
ing to teach them of the great truth that he possesses? 
It is because he has Jesus Christ in bis heart. If we 
once get Jesus Christ into our heart, we can not keep 
still. Our cup is full to running over. Others, too, 
will be sipping from the great Fountain of Life Ever- 

The real Christian can not stand idle. He must be 
out spreading the Glad Tidings far and near. Like 
the loving -Savior, who came into the world to save 
mankind, and redeem them from sin, so the Christian 
is ever busy in the Father's vineyard. 

How different are the ungodly ! These, the Psalm- 
ist tells us, " arc like the chaff which the wind driveth 
away." Everything goes wrong with them. There 
are always frowns on their faces. No sweet, tender 
songs come from their lips. They are not happy. 
They can not be, for Jesus Christ is not in their 
hearts and lives. Such, we are told, " shall perish." 
To which class do you belong, — the wicked or the 
righteous? The choice is yours. Will you choose 
wisely ? 



The First Inland " Ellis Island. " 


Congress recently authorized the expenditure of 
$20,000 in equipping an immigration station in Chi- 
cago, the first of its kind in this country, where the 
80,000 to 100,000 immigrants, coming to and passing 
through that city, might receive a night's lodging, take 
a hath, meet friends, or ask for some other service. 
The station is to be a kind of Ellis Island, though 
its service is to he, perhaps, more humanitarian than 
Jhat of the landing station in New York. 

But after Congress had spent $20,000 in fitting this 
place up. ready for use. it neglected to provide salaries 
for attendants, interpreters and assistants. The result 
is that all this equipment, in four stories of a large 
building, is lying idle and being covered with the 
dust of the street. The green shades are drawn in 
the windows of the first floor, and the place looks 
deserted. In the meantime immigrants are passing 
through Chicago at the rate of nearly a hundred thou- 
sand a year, and only about half that number is be- 
ing provided for, in the way of efficient personal 
service, which is the jreat thing that these people 
stand in need of. 

The Immigrant's Protective League cared for 
43.000 persons last year, but that was only about half 
the total number of arrivals. The Young Men's and 
Young Women's Christian Associations cared for sev- 
eral thousand, as also did the Traveler's Aid Society. 
The beds for emergency use are made up, the shower 
baths are ready to turn on, the kitchen and ovens are 
all in readiness for immediate service, as soon as 
Congress appropriates enough funds to employ the 

necessary help to operate this institution. Just now all 
these needed facilities are covered with dust and 
^rime from the street; the immigrants are as much 
neglected as before. 
Chicago, III. 

" Twenty Time-Proofs.*' 


In the back part of the Russell Bible, of which I 
made mention in these pages before, bound in with 
other matter of its kind, is a page of twenty time- 
proofs. A moment of thought will give to any sane 
person the suggestion that the Mennonite pastor was 
right when he said that he thought Pastor Russell 
was insane on the subject. I quote, without further 
remarks : 

Isa. 40: 2.— One of llie i>rnpliecies showing' that the 
Jewish and Gospel ages would he of the same length, and 
that the Gospel Age would end therefore in 1914. 

Dan. 4: 16.— Nebuchadnezzar's seven years of insanity 
typified the times of the Gentiles, 2,520 years, ending in 

2 Chron. 36: 22.— The decree of Cyrus, 536 B. C, 605 
years prior to Israel's complete overthrow as a people, 
typifies Christendom's overthrow in 1914, — 605 years after 
the transfer of the Papal residence from Rome to Avig- 

2 Kings 20: 1.— The sickness of Hezekiah, 125 years be- 
fore Zedekiah's overthrow, foreshadows Christendom's 
overthrow in 1914,-125 years after the French Revolu- 

2 Chron. .14: 3. -The beginning of Josiah's seeking after 
God, forty-live years before Zedekiah's overthrow, fore- 
shadows Christendom's overthrow in 1914, forty-five years 
after the editor of Zion's Watch Tower began the search 
for what is now " Present Truth." 

2 Kings 22: 3.— The finding of the book of the law by 
Josiah, thirty-five years before Zedekiah's overthrow, fore- 
shadows Christendom's overthrow in 1914,— thirty-live 
years after the founding of Zion's Watch Tower. 

Ezekiel 21: 25.— The overthrow of Zedekiah, 3,520 years 
after the fall in the Garden of Eden, foreshadows the com- 
plete wiping out of the fall, 3,520 years later, in the year 
1914 A. D.. and since the Millennium is a period of a 
thousand years' duration, this proves that the Millennium 
proper begins with the close of the year 1914. 

Ankle roar, India. 

A Wide-Awake Sunday-School. 


I belif-Vi; that any brother, sister or friend, from 
other localities, who has at some time attended our 
Sunday-school, will heartily agree with me that the 
Sunday-school of the Church of the Brethren at 
Ephrata, Pa., is truly wide-awake. In order to have 
a school of this kind, it is necessary to have a wide- 
awake superintendent and assistant, a faithful corps 
of teachers and substitutes, an advisory board, good 
singing, and last but not least a regular attendance. 
The reader will notice, in this report, that our school 
does not lack these essentials. 

There are 280 enrolled in the main school, eighty- 
two in the home department, and forty in the cradle 
roll. We have nineteen teachers and eight officers. 
Eighteen lambs of the school were received into the 
church during the past year. A teacher-training class 
is also one of the essentials, to develop good teachers. 
A class recently completed the course. 

A census, recently taken by the superintendent, 
prior to grading, relative to the different ages in the 
main school, was as follows: There are fifty-six 
from three to ten years of age; ninety from ten to 
twenty years; thirty-six from twenty to thirty years; 
nineteen from thirty to forty years; twenty-one from 
forty to fifty years; fourteen from sixty to seventy 
years; twelve from seventy to eighty years; four 
from eighty to ninety years old. 

Ephrata, Pa. 

Bible Institute of Western Pennsylvania. 


The Bible Institute for the Western District of 
Pennsylvania was held at the Greensburg church. 
The Institute convened on Monday evening, Dec. 14, 
and continued until Friday evening, Dec. IS. Three 
sessions a day were held. The committee's announce- 
ment, — that arrangements had been completed for a 

most helpful and inspiring institute, — proved to be 
true. All who attended were inspired and benefited. 
An earnest desire to know more of the Word of God 
took hold of the hearers. The meetings were Spirit- 
filled, because the instructors were Spirit-filled men. 

Bro. T. T. Myers, of Juniata College, presented 
" Studies in Ephesians " and " The Christian Minis- 
ter." Bro. P. B. Fitzwater, of the Moody Bible In- 
stitute, Chicago, presented the books of Daniel and 
Matthew. Bro. H. S. Replogle presented " The Apos- 
tolic Church." Bro. G. E, Yoder presented "The 
Genesis of Life." 

The attendance from the District was comparative- 
ly small, — caused, perhaps, by the very cold weather 
during that week. Those who were not present shall 
never realize what they have missed. 

On Saturday following the Institute we held a Sun- 
day-school Convention for the seventh circuit of the 
Western District of Pennsylvania. This was the first 
convention of this circuit, but realizing their value, 
the convention voted to hold them at least annually. 
The next one is to be held July 4, 1915, at such a 
place as may be determined by the committee. 

132 Shearer Street, Greensburg, Pa. 

Sunday-School Lesson for Jan. 31, 1915. 

Subject.-^The Birth of Samson (Temperance Lesson).- 
Judges 13: 8-16. 

Golden Text.— Beware. I pray thee, and drink no win 
nor strong drink.— Judges. 13: 14. 

Time.— Probably about B. C. 1279. 

Place.— Western Palestine. 


The Holy Spirit. 

For Sunday Evening, January 31, 1915. 

I. Given by the Father.— John 14: 16. 

II. Sent in the Name of Christ.— John 14: 26. 

III. How He Works for Man.— (1) By inditing the 
Word. Acts 28: 28. (2) By promulgating the Word. 
Acts.2: 4. (3) By interpreting the Word. John 16: 13. 

IV. How He Works in Man.— (1) In conviction. John 
16: 8. (2) In enlightenment.- John 14: 26. (3) In regen- 
eration. John 3: 5. 

V. How He Works by Man.— (1) Man is prepared for 
work. Elisha for Israel. (2) Work is prepared for man. 
Xineveh for Jonah. (3) Work is revealed to man. Exo- 
dus to Moses. 

VI. How He Works With Man.— (1) His comforting 
presence. John 16: 7. (2) His powerful assistance. John 
14: 17. (3) His sanctifying indwelling. Rom. IS: 16. 


The Uplifting Power of Prayer. 

John 16: 24; Study verses 23 to 28. 
For Week Beginning January 31, 1915. 
1. The Sacred Influence of Prayer. — To say that a man 
is religious, is to take it for granted that he prays. What, 
really, is prayer? It is to connect every thought of ours 
with the thought of God,— to look on everything as his 
work and appointment. It means to submit every thought, 
wish, and resolve to him, — to feel his presence, that it may 
duly restrain us, even in our wildest joy. Such is the in- 
fluence of prayer. And what we are now, spiritually, we 
are by prayer. Any measure of goodness, any tempta- 
tion resisted, any self-command attained, any desires be- 
yond the common,— all thsee are due to prayer (Matt. 7: 
7, 8; Rom. 8: 26; Eph. 6: 18, 19). 

2. Prayer Refreshes. — Christ emphatically declares: 
" Men ought always to pray and not to faint," — a pro* 
found assurance. Clearly, if men pray, they will not faint, 
and. conversely, if men do NOT pray, they WILL faint. 
Jesus well knew the pressure and strain of life, and he 
also knew the sovereign remedy (Heb. 4: 16; James 1:5-7; 
5: 16; Psa. 34: 15, 17). 

3. A Blessing Always Available. — Regarding prayer as 
an act of sweet communion with the Father above, we 
do not want to forget its full significance as a blessing 
that may, at all times, be ours. Prayer proves its worth 
when, under stress of a special trial, it draws us near to 
the great Father Heart of God, but when prayer be- 
comes the everyday attitude of the soul, the heavenly 
glory bursts upon us in its full radiance, and the possi- 
bilities of life begin to open as they have never opened 
before. It is not a question of what we are called to do, 
or what we are called to say. We are forging and fixing 
that strength of character that will not fail in the hour of 
trial that is sure to come to each of us (Philpp. 4: 6; 1 
Thess. 5: 17; 1 Tim. 2:8). 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 



CEEEO GORDO, IK..— During: 1914 Hip total number of 
nee tings- he-Id was fifty-two; to nil attend since, r. 2 ; average 





LOGANSPOKT, IND.— During- 1 

We made thirty -seven garments, 

done garments sold and society e 
othpr -oci.'ties donations to the a 
ceived during the year, $67:83. W 

eatables. During the year S24.1S_ 
We paid $14.26 for material to use- 
In the treasury.— Gertrude Oberl 
LOGAN, OHIO. — Our report fro 

'or another year, with Sister Sallte 

3Ister Adie Kennedy, Super In tender 

md Ida Rover are our Lookout Com; 

Secretary, R. D. G, North Manchest 

OLATHE, KASS.- Dec. 12. 1913, 

We held twen- 
ince of 172, and 
: had a total of 

ree afternoo 
flit. The sr 

» largest, flfl 

';,','."- u|- ,! !'i.,thii ( t; t<< Hi- Kansas VitV' Mission.— Lilly 

India for 


treasury in July, $17. 
ent time, $6.80. — Ber 


ings, making a total 

total free-will offerin 

j, cretary-treaaurer.— Marvel I 
PIPE CHEEK, BO).— During 

5'.' Sister Ella Hon- 
Sargent. Assistant 


phanage, $1 
N. Dak., Ml 

r and helpless children. $25; to tr 
55; for Messenger subscriptions 


-During 19H we held twelve a 

nnsist-d of quilting, milking CO 

-tops, making prayer-veils, si 
find making children's garmen 
.ear we had S22.2T, on hand; 
,94, making a total of $64.19. 1 
■, $5 to a poor, aged brother, s» 
'(■bin. i and paid S2" towards 
The expenses of our society i 
SI?,. in, leaving a balance of $11. <■ 


aullted -ten o.ullls. tlefl e|£ 
and sewed two days for far 

1916; with Sister Dora pose-* W. 

, Vice-president; Sis- bul we „ 

r Lena Olwln. Secre- i )a sement 

tagley, Ind., Dec. 31. reorganize* 

We held twenty-one President; 

n average attendance Secretary-! 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

The Gospel Messenger 

oticlal Organ of the Church of the Brethren. 

A Religious Weekly 

Brethren Publishing House 
publishing agent general mission board. 

16 TO 24 South State Street. Elgin. Illinois, 

Canada Subscription, Fifty Cents Extra. 


Editor, D. L. Miller. 

Office Editor. J. H. Moore. 

Assistant, L. A. Plate. 
Corresponding* Editors. 

H. B. Brumbaugh. : Huntingdon. Pa 

II t\ ICarlv Penn Laird. Va, 

Grunt Mi, I,: Ormijn, Cuba. 

Business Manager. R. E. Arnold. 

Advisory Committee. 

S. N. McCann. G. w. Lents, P. R. Keltner. 

tWAIl business nn d communications Intended for the paper should 
be addressed 1.. 1)„ I'.KITHKI-N I it:1.isn in. . IlOfSl'. EI^LN. ILL, 
and not ilv u, l Hvi.l, l ,,l,,,T,i l ,eled wilh it. 

Ten recent additions are reported from the South 
St. Joseph church, Mo. 

The address of Bro. Ira J. Lapp has been changed 
rom Moorefifld, Nebr., to Miami, N. Mex. 

Notice what is said on the last page of this issue 
about our premium book, " The New Testament Doc- 

Buo. S. F. Niswandek, late of Caldwell, Kans., has 
moved to Winchester, Idaho, where he should be ad- 
dressed hereafter. 

While on his way to Shannon, this State, Bro. 
J. G. Royer called at the Messenger sanctum on 
Friday of last week. 

Eight made the good choice and one was reclaimed 
during the meetings held in the Pleasant Hill congre- 
gation, Ind., by Bro. John F. Appleman, of Plymouth, 
same State. 

Bro. James M. Moore, of Chicago, III., was with 
the Elgin church last Sunday, preaching for us both 
forenoon and evening. His discourses were greatly 
appreciated. — j 

The members at Garrett, Ind., recently enjoyed an 
inspiring revival effort, conducted by Bro. Kernie 
Eikenberry, of Mexico, Ind. Ten penitent souls made 
the good confession. 

The members of the West Conestoga church, Pa., 
secured Bro. E. M. Wenger for a series of meetings 
at the Lane house. Nine declared their allegiance to 
the Great Commander. 

Under date of Jan. 15 Bro. A. C. Wieand writes 
us from Elizabethtown, Pa., where he, at the time, 
was engaged in Bible Institute work. His next en- 
gagement is at Blue Ridge College. 

Bro. J. Edson Ulery unfolded the riches of ever- 
lasting truth to the members and friends of the 
Syracuse congregation, Ind.. in a recent series of 
meetings. Five were received by baptism. 

Sister Phebe Bellis, of Delphia, Mont., would 
be pleased to get into communication with some of 
the members living in that part of the State. She 
lives isolated, and without church privileges. 

Bro. Jacob L. Myers, of Loganville, Pa., labored 
for the Conewago church, same State, in a must re- 
freshing revival, closing his efforts Jan. 10. Sixteen 
vowed allegiance to the Great Commander. 

A refreshing from on high was experienced by 
the Mingo church, Pa., while Bro. Rufus Bucher. of 
Quarryville. same State, was with them in a recent 
revival. Fourteen responded to the Gospel invitation. 

Bro. J.' V. Felthouse and wife, of Seminole, Fla., 
are gathering a little band of brethren and sisters 
around them. They write us that there are now ten 
members in their locality, and twelve in St. Peters- 
burg, not far distant. 

Including those previously mentioned, eleven were 
received at Morrill, Kans., as a result of Bro. A. P. 
Blough's revival effort. 

Thirty-eight District Meetings have so far been 
held since last Conference. Has any one of them 
called for the Annual Meeting in 1916? Who knows? 

We appreciated a call from Bro. E. B. Bagwell, of 
Bremen, Ohio, who was with us over last Sunday. 
He was here visiting his daughter, Bertha, who has 
a position in the subscription department of the 
House. s 

Bro. I. C. Snavely was with the Grundy County 
church, Iowa, recently, in a much appreciated Bible 
Institute. Five were received by confession and bap- 
tism, as a result of the faithful presentation of the 
Living Word. 

For reasons given by Bro. B. E. Kesler, on last 
page of this issue, the debate at Jasonville, Ind., an- 
nounced for this week, has to be postponed, possibly 
until certain books can be procured and necessary 
preparations made. 

To obviate possible delay, we herewith announce 
the love feast in the Zion (Seminole) church, Fla., 
Jan. 31, at the home of Bro. J. V. Felthouse, near 
Seminole station. Also a feast at Manvel, Tex., Jan. 
23. ■ 

Bro. David Hollinger, of Greenville, Ohio, was 
with the members of the Brookville church, same 
State, in a series of evangelistic services, which 
closed Jan.- 6. Thirteen have so fax identified them- 
selves with the Lord's people. 

Bro. Harry B. Mohler, wdio may be addressed at 
3435 Van Buren Street, Chicago, is said to be in a 
position to consider a call to some church as pastor. 
He prefers to work with a church in the country, or 
with a town and country church. 

The new church at Freeport will be dedicated Jan. 
24, and it is hoped that Bro. A. C. Wieand can be 
secured to deliver the address for the occasion. The 
District Mission Board will meet in the church on 
Saturday before, to transact business. 

Our faithful church correspondents are keeping 
us so well supplied with interesting reports of con- 
gregational activities, that we are obliged to make 
use of the essay department, this week, to accommo- 
date some of the matter sent us. It will be found of 
more than usual interest. 

Bro. Ralph Schlosser, of Elizabethtown, Pa., 
labored in a revival for the Spring Creek church, 
same State, recently. Twelve made the good choice. 
Brethren J. C. Zug and F. S. Carper continued the 
meetings after Bro. Schlosser had to leave, and four 
more were brought to the knowledge of the truth. 

On page 59 of this issue we publish the financial re- 
port of the General Mission Board for November. 
A careful study may suggest some things well worthy 
of our attention. It should at least remind us of the 
sacred relations we sustain to the great work of mis- 
sions, and how thoroughly we have complied with 
Matt. 28: 19. 

Those who may wish to reach the Moline mission, 
111., will please note the announcement by Bro. D. A. 
Rowland on last page of this issue. We are informed 
that some who desired to attend the love feast Nov. 
1. failed to find the place of meeting, though ample 
notice was given at the time. It might be well if 
those interested would carefully preserve Bro. Row- 
land's notice for future reference. 

On the page, usually devoted to the Home and 
Family Department, we are publishing as many Aid 
Society reports this week as the room will admit. A 
half dozen or more that could not be accommodated 
in this issue, will, together with others still coming in, 
be published in our next issue. We are sure that our 
readers rejoice, with us in the excellent work our 
sisters are doing. We are fully convinced of^ne 
thing, — our sisters are " doing with their might what- 
ever their hands find to do." 

Under date of Dec. 8, Bro. J. M. Blough writes us 
from Landour, India, saying that the splendid climate 
he is enjoying among the mountains is doing much 
for his health. In a general way, he feels quite well, 
though he realizes that he is not yet strong enough to 
make it advisable for him to return to his post at 
Bulsar. He is, however, looking forward with in- 
terest to the time when he can resume his work in 
the Bible School. His letter was accompanied by an 
article, to be published soon, which, he says, is the 
first writing he has done for the press since he took 

The members at Santa Rosa, Fla., could make 
good use of a number of English Bibles for distribu- 
tion among worthy poor people who are in attendance 
at Sunday-school, preaching services and prayer meet- 
ing. In order that they may not be overstocked, — as 
is sometimes the case when a notice of this kind is 
given, — we suggest that those having Bibles to donate, 
drop a card to Sister Sarah Buck, Lock Box 3, Santa 
Rosa, Fla. She can then notify those living nearest 
her, to send the books. Since parcel post rates are 
regulated by the distance, it is important that this 
item be kept in mind. 

One of our frontier churches, with a greatly scat- 
tered membership, finds it of great advantage to keep 
in close touch with those of her members who, owing 
to distance, can not assemble at the usual place for 
preaching. A committee is placed in charge of com- 
municating by letter with all these isolated ones. Let- 
ters of cheer and encouragement are written them, 
and, as much as possible, every means of keeping 
them interested, is made use of. The plan impresses 
us as a practical one. It is in harmony with apostolic 
precept and might be profitably introduced in many 
congregations where like conditions exist. 

"A Wide-Awake Sunday-school," as described 
by Bro. J. M. Neff on Round Table page of this issue, 
well deserves a careful reading. We note that in the 
school, referred to by our brother (Ephrata, Pa.), 
thirty persons between the ages of sixty and ninety 
are in attendance. This is remarkable, and should 
prove an incentive to many of our members else- 
where, who, though in fair health, plead that ad- 
vanced age excuses them from further Sunday-school 
attendance. As long as physical conditions allow, no 
one should absent himself from regular Sunday- 
school attendance, until graduated by the Superinten- 
dent of the Upper Realm to the higher possibilities 
of perfect knowledge. 

Many of us, who live under the more favorable en- 
vironments of country communities, have practically 
no idea how " the other half," — the submerged por- 
tion of our city population, — are situated. With them 
it is not a question of life at its best, but a problem 
of mere existence. Bro. H. A. Claybaugh has ren- 
dered a real service to our people in stating the facts 
on this question as they actually exist. If any of our 
readers have been disposed to grumble about their lot 
in life, let them give Bro. Claybaugh's article a care- 
ful reading. We are quite sure that they will realize 
that really their " lines have fallen into pleasant 
places." Indeed, all of us have abundant reason to 
" count our blessings," and to thank the Gracious 
Giver each day for wholly undeserved favors. 

We have heard from the thirty-eight District Meet- 
ings already held, and the papers sent by them to the 
Annual Conference will be found on page fifty-eight, 
this issue. Nine Districts in the United States are to 
hold their meetings in the spring. The three foreign 
Districts will report later. Unless these twelve Dis- 
tricts send in a number of papers, the Hershey Con- 
ference will not be called upon to dispose of as much 
new business as we a,re in the habit of considering, 
from year to year. However, there are several de- 
ferred questions that will more than likely call out a 
great deal of discussion. One of them will be found 
at the close of the list we are publishing. And, by the 
way, this paper, and one phase of the paper submitted 
to the Committee on Election and Support of Pastors, 
come marvelously near overlapping. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

A few of our older preachers seem to be doing as 
much preaching as most of the younger preachers. 
Since reaching California, Bro. D. L. Miller has de- 
livered forty-three addresses. He is now preaching 
at Inglewood. and from there goes to Lordsburg, 
where he is to assist in a Bible Term from Jan. 24 to 
Feb. 1. On the last-named date he begins meetings 
at Pasadena, and closes Feb. 14. His next engage- 
ment is at Pomona, from Feb. 15 to March 1. Soon 
after that date he starts East, with the intention of 
visiting his brother in the flesh, Bro. A. F. Miller, 
near Hutchinson, Kans. His next point is " The 
Saints' Rest," as his home at Mount Morris is some- 
times called. 

Mention was made last week of the second edi- 
tion of " The New Testament Doctrines." Before 
the binders were through with their work, we had 
enough orders on hand to take up the entire edition 
of 2,500 copies, and a third edition had to be placed 
on the press before the second one could be mailed. 
It is gratifying to 'See how the book is taking. It 
shows that there is in the Brotherhood an exceedingly 
large demand for a book on doctrine. Should there 
be any who did not place their order for the book, 
when they sent in their subscription, and would now 
like to have a copy, they can remit thirty-five cents 
and still have the work sent them postpaid. We sug- 
gest that they let us have their orders without delay. 

had been pronounced practically impregnable, and 
their vast armies moved across the country, for a 
time sweeping everything before them. The French 
and English, however, seized the spade, dug them- 
selves into the ground and fought from pits and 
trenches, instead of relying mainly on forts, and in 
this way checked the invading forces. They have 
even gone so far as to utilize pits and trenches in 
order to protect the forts. This leads us to say that 
the spade in warfare seems to be greater than the 
sword, cannon or fort. 
-"'' But we are not discussing the war. We find that 
the spade is accomplishing much in other lines, and 
has come to the defense of the authenticity of the 
Scriptures in a manner not dreamed of fifty years 
ago. Some statements in the Bible were challenged, 
for the reason that they seemed entirely out of har- 
mony with the conditions of the times and the peo- 

The members composing the Daleville congrega- 
tion, Va., have their own way of doing some things, 
and as a rule they make a success of their undertak- 
ings. They are now out with a real artistic announce- 
ment calendar, giving a list of all the services, both 
special and regular. Here we find a list of nearly a 
dozen committees and circles, to each of whom is 
assigned a special work. The officers of the church 
are named, and each of the four elders, in turn, is 
expected to preside as moderator of one of the quar- 
terly councils. It occurs to us that the church is 
organized for work, and not merely for entertain- 
ment, and that something will be expected of those 
entrusted with special duties. This leads us to say 
that the congregation at Daleville is leading out in 
some lines of work and development that might well 
interest other churches in the Brotherhood. 

sive. It must be constantly opening new thought, as well 
as new methods and plans, and yet it must keep within 
the hounds of the Conference. This is a sort of paradox, 
and yet it must lie worked out, else the paper loses its 
mission. It must be conservative, yet most aggressive. 
That's the thing, and that's what seems difficult. You 
touch this in a very satisfactory way in your introduc- 
tion. It is skillfully done. Now let's have the real thing 
in practice. 

Then, what you say on the church mingling in politics 
and the administration of civil government, sounds good 
to me. I believe you outline the only scriptural position 
on the subject. 

As Bro. Early says, the paper must be a leader of 
thought, and yet keep within the Conference limits. 
It must push out and yet be recognized as conserva- 
tive. However difficult this may seem, yet it must be 
done. The paper must be quick to recognize every 
helpful method, and still not be found running after 
every new thing. It is easy enough to outline a policy 
pie to which they related. This, that and the other of this type, but to put the real thing into practice, is 
statement were classed with myths and folklore, and where the test comes in. Just how fully the Mes- 
not considered worthy of serious consideration. Lat- senger has lined up to this policy, during the years 
er came the spade, did its work, and brought to light gone by, must be left for others to decide, 
the very buried evidence needed to support the Bible But what of the future? Let each thinker, who is 

statements. In fact, the spade has unearthed so in full sympathy with the principles of the church, 
much that the skeptic seems to be routed at every and wishes to see the paper keep within Conference 
point, and probably the work has just begun. Much limits, tell how the church may do more and better 
evidence has, in this way, been discovered, and we work, how we may improve in methods, and how we 
may rest assured that there is more to come. may make of the Church of the Brethren a real ag- 

Some late discoveries appear to have considerable gressive, working force. Do this, and we can let Bro. 
bearing on the antediluvian period. Sites of a few Early and others have the real thing in practice, for 

Three Valuable Qualities. 

The richest legacy, after all, that can be bestowed 
by parents upon those whom they leave behind, is not 
an abundance of gold, a spacious house, or widely- 
extended acres of land, but a training in the ways of 
the Lord, by which they are fitted for the life that 
now is and that which is to come. We were reminded 
of this the more forcibly when a little incident, il- 
lustrative of the thought, just expressed, was brought 
to our notice. It appears that the youngest son of a 
poor widow, who for years has toiled at the washtub, 
had just been employed as stenographer, by a large 
city firm. A friend expressed her astonishment, ex- 
claiming, " How has it been possible for you to bring 
Zip your children, so that they are all doing so well?" 
" That's nothing," was the reply. " I never had any 
education myself, and so I could teach them but three 
things, but these I made clear and plain to them, — 
to say their prayers, to mind their manners, and to be 
faithful in their work" As we think of the three 
things, referred to by this godly mother, they impress 
us as being about the most valuable equipment for 
life's duties that could be given a child by its parents.- 
To trust God fully,— as we are sure to do if we pray 
sincerely, — to be gentlemanly in our conduct towards 
others, and to work diligently and conscientiously, in 
the fear of the Lord, will surely bring success, now 
and hereafter. Any child whose heritage comprises 
a character as outlined above, may well consider it- 
self fortunate indeed. 

of the cities, existing before the flood, have been 
established, while, here and there, are ruins that an- 
tedate the history of the ark. 'On an oasis in the Sa- 
hara Desert arrow-heads and armlets have been 
found that, in all probability, belong to the antedi- 
luvian age. In France there may be seen a section of 
a fortification wall dating from the same period. To 
this period of the world's history many of the great'- 
stone monuments, east of the river Jordan, have been 
assigned. Little by little the spade is doing its work, 
and at no distant day we may be reading the contents 
of tablets made long before the flood. Or, if this is 
too much to expect, we may be treated to some of the 
stories that survived the flood and were made a mat- 
ter of record a little later. At any rate, enough has 
already been uncovered to show that the Old Testa- 
ment records, as they deal with early history, are true, 
and can be relied upon, however much some of the 
critics may have thought them out of harmony with 
the conditions of the age to which they relate. In 
fact, the spade is proving just a little too much for 
skeptic. He may challenge some of the state 

which the paper stands in theory. 

Do not ask us to disrespect and ignore the accepted 
principles of the church, or to antagonize Con- 
ference, for the Messenger is the mouthpiece of the 
church, as well as the property of the Conference. 
\\ h.ii ihcsc two forces stand for we must accept in 
good faith, regardless of what other religious bodies 
may think or do. 

The Lord's Supper and Banquets. 

In a largely-attended convention, held in one of the 
southern cities, there was a great communion serv- 
ice,, in which the loaf and the cup were in evidence, 
but there was no Lord's supper. In fact, there was 
no supper at all in connection with the service. Still, 
during the convention, there were a half dozen or 
more banquets, but not associated directly or indirect- 
ly with the loaf and the cup. In a measure the com- 
munion service satisfied the people, and still it did 
not. Like other persuasions, this religious body has 

dispensed with the Lord's supper, about which we 

read in the New Testament, and instead they have in- 

ments of the Pentateuch, sneer at the arguments of tro(Iuced the banquet . This was to have supplied the 

theologians, but before the spade he stands want ^ was originally inten ded to be supplied by 


Another Look at 1915. 

While we have been writing introductions for th 
new volumes of church publicat: 
ception of a few years, — ever si 
editorial chair in 1876, still we nei 

— with the ex- 
ve entered the 
rote one which 

The Spade and the Bible. 

In these days the spade is accomplishing wonders 
in more ways than one. At the opening of the 
European war the Germans found it easy enough, 
with their big guns, to demolish fortifications that 

called out more letters than the one for the present 
volume, entitled "A Glance Into 1915." Bro. I. N. 
H. Beahm, President of Hebron Seminary, says: 

Your editorial for 1915. in the Messenger of Jan. 3. 
hits the spot to the dot. I like its ring and its jingle. 

Bro. H. C. Early, Chairman of the General Mis- 
sion Board, as well as Chairman of the General Edu- 
cational Board, goes somewhat into detail, and says a 
few things that may be read with profit, as well as 
with interest. His letter was not intended for pub- 
lication, and yet he presents his points 
will be easily understood. We quote: 

While it is fresh in my mind, I want to write you my 
appreciation of your introduction to 1915 of the Mes- 
senger. I read it with very much interest and satisfac- 
tion. I regard it as the best thing of the kind, I have ever 
seen you do, as I recall the years. It shows much care- 
ful thought and a broad view. It is a splendid compre- 
hension of the field and cause. I congratulate you heart- 

The nice point in the editorial, as well as the difficult 
thing in practice, is to keep within the limits of the Con- 
ference, and yet be a leader of thought among 
that is exactly what the paper mult do. It mus 
the 'strongest thought in the ctaccli,— the m< 

the Gospel feast of charity. 

God, who made man, and knows his needs, author- 
ized the sacred meal to be observed along with the loaf 
and the cup, and in this way supplies a need which he 
has placed in man. The Passover served a similar pur- 
pose among the Jews, and, so far as we recall, there 
are feasts of some sort connected with all religious 
systems. Did the New Testament supply no feast, 
man would be inclined to introduce one himself. In 
fact, this is the very thing that has been done by the 
Christian societies which have eliminated the Lord's 
supper. A social meal of some sort fits into their 
very make-up, and for that reason they have intro- 
duced the banquet and sociable. In the time of the 
apostles the Lord's supper, while intensely spiritual, 
filled this need, and for that reason we do not read, 
in the New Testament, about the class of feasts that 
way that have Deen introduced among the churches in these 
latter days. 

When the Brethren appeared upon the scene, in 

1708, they found plenty of churches commemorating 

the death and suffering of the Master in the use of the 

loaf and cup, but they found none observing the 

sacred meal, which, in the be- 

t aggres- 

Lord's supper, or t 
ginning, was associated with the Eucharist. For cen- 
turies it had been wholly discarded, and to cover up 
the departure from the apostolic practice, the name 
which Paul had applied to the sacred meal was given 
to the communion service. The people were taught 
to look upon the small bit of bread and the sip of 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

wine, used in the communion service, as the Lord's 
supper. In a measure, this policy was employed when 
sprinkling was introduced in the place of immersion. 
Men, women and even children were taught to re- 
gard sprinkling as baptism, and after many centuries 
of constant usage the term, when applied to sprin- 
kling, still satisfies their idea of the sacred rite. 

Our people could not understand the Scriptures in 
this way. and so they restored the Lord's supper, the 
feast of charity, or agape, as it is called in the origi- 
nal, to its proper place in the church. Not only so, 
hut for more than two centuries they have, in a very 
intelligent and systematic manner, made so much of 
the feast as to have actually excelled most of the 
ancient churches in love feast propriety, system and 
spirituality. Tn a sense, it might well be said that, in 
the hands of the more devout of our people, the feast 
has been greatly perfected. Observed, as it has been, 
in the generations gone by, it has filled among us a 
want that could have been supplied in no other man- 

Where this feast has been properly observed, — and 
in the congregations where New Testament simplic- 
ity has been fully maintained, there have been no oc- 
casions for religious banquets and church festivals, — 
we have not felt the need that is felt by the churches 
that have eliminated the Gospel feasts of charity. In 
the secular papers, as well as in the Messenger, we 
read encouraging reports about our largely-attended 
• love feasts, but we are not called upon to read about 
the well-attended banquets in connection with this, 
that, and the other great meeting. 

And now we are wondering whether the Brethren 
arc to continue making much of the love feast oc- 
casion, or are they to follow the example of other 
religious bodies by emphasizing the banquet and fes- 
tival, and minimizing the Lord's supper. It occurs 
to us that the more pleasure we take in the banquet 
habit, the less value we are going to place on the feast. 
which the Master himself has placed in the very heart 
of his church. Unless we are careful along this line, 
there may come a time when it will be much easier to 
induce members to come to the banquet table than to 
appear at the table of the Lord. Then, be it remem- 
bered, that it is only a step from the religious banquet 
to the banquet hall. And while saying all of this, we 
are not unmindful of the very best things that have 
been said and published, from time to time, in the 
interest of the modern social gospel. It is a great 
question that has two sides, but our people need to 
look well to the New Testament side. 

How Close to the Line? 

Yi Aits ago there was in our school reader the story 
of a man wanting a coachman, and he tested the ap- 
plicants by asking them how close they could drive 
to the edge of a cliff without going over. The first 
coachman was confident that he could drive within 
a few inches; the second said he could drive even 
closer. The third man said he did not know how 
close he could drive, for he made it a rule to drive 
no closer than he had to. Of course he was hired, 
as the man wanted a coachman who would be care- 
ful and take no unnecessary risks. He would have 
been foolish to do otherwise. 

There are men in all walks of life who like to see 
how close they can go to the danger line and not 
cross it. Needless to say, these are the men who do 
cross the line and bring ruin upon themselves and. 
those connected with them. We have it in secular 
affairs ; we have it in religious affairs. But we arc 
more inclined to safety in the former than in the 
latter. We don't trust a man to look after our busi- 
ness if he is inclined to take chances. The first thing 
we demand is that he be a safe man, — and we keep 
on demanding it to the end of the chapter. We 
should be foolish, should deserve failure if we did 

But. strangely enough, we hire as teachers and 
elect as preachers men whom we should not. We 
take more care of our stock than of our children, in 
some respects; and we are more anxious to be sure 
that we have a good physician for the body than that 

we have a safe teacher. Sometimes it looks as if 
we expect God to do his part and ours too. We are 
prone to take up with the new and untried, and to it 
we trust interests of infinite value. A new man 
comes to our district, and if he makes a good appear- 
ance and is a ready speaker he is pushed forward on 
every possible occasion. If he is sound and level- 
headed, no harm is done except in the crowding 
back of those who should be allowed to come for- 
ward. Most of us can call to mind men who were 
sn pushed forward, who for a time were important, 
or at least prominent, figures at large meetings; and 
yet these same men are now down and out. Their 
influence never was for the strengthening of Chris- 
tian character. 

It does seem very strange that we are so careless in 
a matter of such vital importance. If safety is of 
more importance in one place than another, the eter- 
nal should be cared for more diligently than the tem- 
poral. But the temporal comes first, receives the 
greatest care. * 

When young we were often in company with a 
good brother who passed to his reward more than a 
score of years ago. He was looking over into the 
next world, and his great anxiety was that all of us 
should make sure that our eternal interests were safe. 
For that he lived and preached and prayed. I can 
see him yet, and am grateful to God that I knew him 
and was strongly influenced by him. Yet in a large 
gathering he would rarely have been called upon for 
an address. He was quiet, unobtrusive, and yet how 
powerfully his life spoke and is still speaking for God 
and the right. He rest's from his labors and his works 
do follow him. There are others like him, thank 
God. And when the final assignment of places comes, 
some of those who were looked down upon by men 
will be given a very exalted place in heaven. 

We are going this way but once. Over one of two 
roads we must go. Separating the two is a line. On 
one side of the line is safety, on the other is ruin. 
We have chosen the safe side. On the other side are 
beautiful, enticing objects: they are attractive, and 
the evil connected with them is not easily discernible ; 
yet it is there just the same. No matter what appear- 
ances may be, the good things and the safe things, the 
only things really worth while, are always on God's 
side of the line. The crowd of pleasure-seekers is 
on the other side. There are many warnings for us 
in the Book as to the way to follow. The Master 
makes it very clear that we can not have one foot in 
one way and one in the other. — we can not serve God 
and Mammon. Choose ye this day whom ye will 
serve; be sure to choose aright, and then stick to 
your choice ; don't cross the line, no matter what in- 
ducements the devil fixes up on the other side. We 
want safety first, last, and all the time; for in this 
matter safety means home, happiness, heaven, God 
and Christ. We need nothing more. g. m. 

lieves such baptism scriptural, may be received into the 
Church of the Brethren by the right hand of fellowship 
and the kiss of peace after the scriptural instructions are 

Annual Meeting Papers. 

Below will be found the papers so far as received 
to date, intended for the Annual Conference which 
convenes at Hershey, Pa., June 8: 

Southwestern Kansas and Southeastern Colorado. 

1. We, the McPherson church, ask Annual Meeting, 
through the District Meeting of Southwestern Kansas and 
Southeastern Colorado, that the program committee of 
Annual Conference be a permanent committee, the num- 
ber of members and the length of their terms to be deter- 
mined by the said Annual Conference. 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

2. We, the McPherson church, petition Annual Meeting, 
through District Meeting of Southwestern Kansas and 
Southeastern Colorado, to provide means whereby young 
men, having felt themselves called of God to preach the 
Gospel, may present themselves to the church as volun- 
teers for the ministry, in order to better direct their prep- 
aration. Scripture references, Isa. 6: 8-9; Acts 13: 1-3; 
26: 16; Gal. 1: 15-16. 

Passed to Annual Meeting. 

Northern Illinois and Wisconsin. 
1. The Mount Morris church, through the Northern Dis- 
trict of Illinois and Wisconsin, requests Annual Confer- 
ence to grant that all persons baptized by trine immersion, 
according to Matt. 28: 19, and for the remission of sins' 
according to Acts 2: 38, and by an administrator who- be- 


and ; 

nted ' 

Answer; We reaffirm the spirit of the decision of 
Article 13, 1839, and make it to read as follows: "Such 
persons as are satisfied with their baptism, having been 
performed in the scriptural manner, may be received as 
members without rebaptism. after stating to them the 
order and practice of the Brethren, and the laying on of 
hands (where this has not been previously done). If they 
should, however, desire baptism, it may be granted, to 



Annua! Me. 

2. Mount Morris church, through the Northern District 
of Illinois and Wisconsin, asks Annual Meeting carefully 
to consider the question of holding biennial instead of 
Annual Conferences. 

Answer: We ask that this query be placed on the Min- 
utes and deferred one year, so that it may be carefully 
studied and discussed through the columns of the Gospel 
Messenger, that Annual Conference may be the better pre- 
pared to take action a year hence. 
Passed to Annual Meeting. 

Northern Indiana. 

1. We, the members of the Blue River church, petition 
Annual Meeting of 1914, through District Meeting, to pro- 
hibit members of our church from raising tobacco. 

Answer: We advise all our members not to raise to- 
bacco, and decide that no member that raises, sells, buys, 
or uses it, be permitted to exercise in the office of deacon, 
minister, or elder. 

Passed to the Annual Meeting. 

2. We, the members of the Yellow Creek congregation 
of Northern Indiana, petition Annual Meeting of 1915, 
through District Meeting, to reconsider Article 9 of the 
dress committee's report, page 5 of Minutes of 1911, and 
so amend the latter clause, that it shall read, "They shall 
be dealt with as disorderly members," instead of "may 
he." We beg this to avoid further confusion in the 
churches of God. 

Passed to the Annual Meeting. 

3. Bethel church petitions District Meeting of Northern 
Indiana to petition Annual Meeting of 1915 to so change 
the decision of Article 12, 1863, page 107, Revised Minutes, 
that persons who have committed the sin of fornication, 
and who bring evidence of deep repentance, may be re- 
tained in the church. 

We so petition, and pass to the Annual Meeting. 

4. Inasmuch as it is very difficult to find the decisions 
on some questions in our present Annual Meeting Min- 
ute Book, because of inadequate paging, indexing, classi- 
fication, and of more recent decisions appended, we, the 
Second Church of South Bend, petition the Annual Meet- 
ing of 1915, through the District Meeting of Northern 

three or more brethren 
by properly classifying, 

(a) To appoint a comn 
to bring up to date all d> 
indexing, and paging. 

(b) That obsolete decisions be dropped from the rec- 

(c) That the expenses of said committee be paid by 
Annual Meeting. 

Petition granted and sent to Annual Meeting. 
Northwestern Kansas and Northeastern Colorado. 

We, the members of the Quinter church, petition An- 
nual Meeting of 1915, through District Meeting of North- 
western Kansas and Northeastern Colorado, to say wheth- 
er the dress decision of 1911 forbids the wearing of the 
fashionable necktie. 

Answer: Yes, and passed to Annual Meeting. 
Western Colorado and Utah. 

We, the First Grand Valley church, ask Annual Meet- 
ing, through District Meeting, to require that each con- 
gregation shall, at the time of electing its other church 
officers, to serve for a term of one year, also elect its 
overseer, whose term of office shall be one year. This 
decision is not to be construed to mean that an overseer 
may not be reelected the same as any other of the officers, 
elected yearly. 

Answer: Passed to Annual Meeting. 

Several committees to whom papers have been sub- 
mitted are to report. The following is the only one 
that has yet reached us: 

The Laying On of Hands on Missionaries.;,-' 


Lsk the District Mept- 
i petition Annual Meet- 
to set apart our mis- 
wording to the Gospel 

The commltli'.' was rontinn.-r] In- Ci>nffi'<*rici? at Seattle 
that of 1915. 

Committee's Report. 
Considered that there is no scriptural warrant for 1 
special laying on of hands on missionaries. 

Committee: D. Hays, E. B.Hoff, A. C. Wieand. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 


General Minion Board.— 
Ihalrman; C. D. Bonsack, N 
ialen B. Royer. Elgin, III. 

C. Early, Peon 







S. S. Blougli, 

Wash.; Lafayette Steele, Walkerton, 
Elgin, 111. 

Early. Penn Laird, Va., Chair- 

■lanchester, Ind., Vice-Chalrman; 

fs, Elgin, 111., Secretary-treasurer; A. C. Wie- 

hrey Ave.. Oak Park. 111.; J. C. Brifilit. R. I >. 

T. Holalnger, Brethren, Mich.; J. S. Plory, 

Temperance Committee. — P. J. Blough. Chairman, Hoovers- 
• nic. uo ■ n n nuiipr Secretary, Mt. Morris, 
i Store, Va. 




ooklyn, N. Y 
V. J. Swlgart, Secreta 

HonieleBB Cuildren 


Miller, Chair: 

Hays, Treasurei 

"ngdon, Pa. 


—Frank Flshei 

Street, Chicago, 

B. Hoff, Maywnml, 
D. N. Eller. Dale- 

let in quarterly council^ on Sunday afternoon, Ja 

time Methodist. We wish one of the Brethren would 
locate in this neighborhood, as there is much to do here 
for the cause of Christ. 

For the benefit of our Sunday-school I have decided on 
a plan whereby we do not have to wait so long for the 
sermons we like to hear. 1 peruse the Messenger, as soon 
as we get it, and select some article from it that I think 
will be appropriate and beneficial to the people. Then 1 
read it to them after Sunday-school. These readings are 
very eagerly received. The interest is becoming better, 
and the readings give much food for thought to those who 
long for higher things, while waiting three or four weeks 
for the preacher. 

While we have very little of this world's goods, we are 
trying to gain a home beyond, and at the same time help 
others in the good cause. We feel that the Lord is 
blessing us every day. There is so much more for us to 
do here, than if we lived where there is a larger mem- 
bership. We hope and pray that this article may be the 
means of some brother deciding to come this way, to 
proclaim the Word of God to the people at this place, 

Alpha, Idaho, Jan# 7. B. E. Himler. 


nth Eld. J. B. Brumbaugh, of Huntingdon, presiding. 
After hearing reports- from officers and committees, on 
the work of the past year, the following officers were 
elected for the ensuing year: Bro. John B. Miller, of 
Curry, reelected elder; Robert B. Devilbiss, secretary; 
J. N. Cogan, treasurer; Louie Oaks and Annie Oaks, so- 
licitors; J. N. Cogan, janitor. 

As officers of the Sunday-school the following were 
elected: H. H. Brumbaugh, superintendent; J. N. Cogan, 
secretary; Dorothy J. Miller, missionary secretary. 

Officers of Christian Workers' Society are Robert B. 
Devilbiss, president; .Ethel Cartwright, secretary. Bro. 
J. N. Cogan is Messenger agent, and the writer, church 
correspondent. Trustees, Christian Oaks, Robert B. Devil- 
b,ss and H. H. Brumbaugh. When Bro. J. P. Harris, of 
Virginia, takes charge (about Jan. 15) of the Riddlesburg 
and the Stonerstown churches as their pastor, conditions 
will improve materially. The Sunday-school is growing 
in interest and in efficiency, and the Christian Workers' 
Society is developing some good material that will be 
heard from, later on, as workers for the church. We 
now have a Front Line Sunday-school and hope to reach 
the Advanced Line before long. H. H. Brumbaugh. 

Defiance, Pa., Jan. 3. 

DAY, 1915. 

As the meeting, herewith reported, was made up largely 
of members of both the Church of the Brethren and the 
Mennonites, it was requested that copies of the report be 
sent to the Gospel Messenger, the Gospel Herald, and 
other publications^ for insertion. 

In keeping with a beautiful and long-established custom, 
the rank and file of singers in Rockingham County, Va., 
met at Weaver's church, on the Rawley Pike, two ".nd a 
half miles west of Harrisonburg, on New Year's Day, to 
begin the year with sqng, which, for the last decade of 
years, has been known and universally recognized as 
"The Old Folks' Singing." 

Before the noon hour arrived, the large audience room 
had become filled to overflowing with an eager throng of 
singers. Those past middle age formed the predominating 

Representatives of the best musical talent of Rocking- 
ham County, one after the other, mounted the rostrum as 
leaders. There was a great volume of voices,— at times 
a thousand singers. With the harmony of all the parts, 
and with the inspiration lent by the leaders, the singing 
was well calculated to become inspiring and soul-stirring. 
Some forty selections were rendered in good form, among 
which were a number of anthems. 

The banner selection of the day was "The Orphan's 
Prayer," which w"as sung with profound pathos by nearly 
the entire audience. The "Dedication Anthem" was so 
favorably received that a second rendering was made nec- 
essary. Timely addresses were given by a number of 
speakers, who referred in feeling terms to the bygone 
years, when they first learned to sing these grand old 
symphonies, that seem never to become worn out with 
age J. L, Heatwole. 

Dale Enterprise, Va. 


We live in a community called Alpha, which is the 
name of our We have a schoolhouse in which 
we hold a union Sunday-school, with the writer as super- 
intendent, and his daughter as secretary. At the time we 
took charge of this Sunday-school, — sometime in Sep- 
tember.— the attendance was about fifteen. Since then we 
have had as many as fifty, and our average attendance 
now is forty. We feel that the Lord has blessed our ef- 
forts in serving him. 

We have the pleasure of hearing the Word preached 
every three or four weeks. While the minister is not one 
of the Brethren, yet he is very spiritual. He is an old- 


General Mission Board 


Virginia — 3144.61. Llnville Creek. $7.05; C. E, N-. $10; D. 
;. Rhodes, SI; Sarah J. Hylton. $1: Cooks Creek. $27: Sanger- 

i Karlcofe, $2; 


Dec. 31 a number of the workers from this District 
gathered in Lima for the opening session of the Sunday- 
school Normal. Bro. H. K. Ober, of Elizabethtown, Pa., 
and Bro. Otho Winger, of North Manchester, Ind., were 
the instructors. Many visions did they give of the won- 
derful, unlimited possibilities of service in the church and 
Sunday-school. The key-note of the meeting was the 
pleading message, sent by the young Japanese Christian 
boys to the great Northfield Convention, " Make Jesus 
King! " 

Bro. Ober handled different subjects, pertaining to 
Sunday-school work, in a skillful manner, but his lec- 
tures on the home and child-rights were especially fine. 
Bro. Winger lectured mostly on the church and social 
activity,— opening new lines of thought. His lecture on 
the "Church and Universal Peace," was very vivid and 
realistic. As he pictured war in its terrible, indescribable 
form, one longed to spread more fully the teaching of 
the peace principle of which, as a church, we have long 
been consistent exponents. 

After hearing these excellent lectures we are constrained 
to go back to our churches, with the determination of 
heeding more fully their burning pleas to be better, truer 
witnesses, and to exalt Christ in the home, the school, the 
church, and community. 

In a business meeting it was decided that the District 
Sunday-school Secretary call for volunteer workers over 
the District, to offer their services to go to one or more 
of the Sunday-schools, to hold all-day local Normal Meet- 
ings. It is hoped that by this means a better interest 
may be created throughout the District, concerning the 
District Normal Meeting. It will also give encourage- 
ment to every school. 

Bro. G. A. Snider was the Moderator of the meeting, 
with the writer as Secretary. The members of the Lima 
church took excellent care of the many visitors. 

Bellcfontaine, Ohio. Leo Lillian George. 

Since our last report, Dec. 29, many events have tran- 
spired in this mission. It has certainly been trying on 
our nerves to hold up under the many duties that came 

On Tuesday evening, Dec. 30, nine young souls came 
forward in our meeting, and on the evening following 
six more applied. On New Year's evening, after services, 
two of our new converts were married, in presence of a 
large audience. The baptism of ten, who had previously 
come forward, then followed. The others were hindered 
from being baptized by different reasons. On New Year's 
Day about twenty-five faithful helpers came in to assist 
us in distributing our baskets to such as were without 

We prepared fifty baskets, each containing two loaves of 
bread, two pounds of navy beans, one head of cabbage, 
about two pounds of beef or a dressed chicken, and po- 
tatoes enough to fill the basket., Wc selected fifty of the 
poorest and most needy homes in our own mission terri- 
tory, and sent our baskets to those designated by willing 
helpers, two and two, who delivered each basket to the 
door, telling whence it came, and inviting the people to 
our church services. The party emptied the basket, hand- 
ed it back, signed a receipt for the same and then, with 
many thanks, our helpers returned to tell of their ex- 
perience. Only one basket was refused, but as we had 
other calls for help, we could use it quite readily. 

Since New Year's Day we have had so much sickness 
and death in our midst that we fail to have the time to 
help in our meetings as we should like, and so busy have 
we been that we have called to our assistance Brother 
and Sister Albright, in order to meet the obligations that 
daily come upon us. This is a wonderful field for mission 
work, and we crave your interest in our great work of 
saving and keeping souls in his name. E. N. Huffman. 

502 Kentucky Avenue, St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 6. 

lis. nilnolB — S40.S 

. SI. Nebraska — S2.C 
Haw Mexico — 30.50. 


pern, $4.25; Be 
Lord's Share of 

—925. A Rlste 

Minnesota — 312.5 

Sister. Dublin, $i 

DlillOlB — 32.00. C .1. Sell, ChkiH.'o, S2 

ward R Wlme,-. SI. Pennsylvania — S1.G„. • ■ 

$1 Total for the monlh Sill 02; previously received, $303. 36; 
for the year so far. $535.28. 


Ohio— 357.04. Canton City S. S . S20; Class No. 6. ^nrlncfleld 

S S $9°5- Bethel. Salem s. s.. S27.T0 Pennsylvania — 350.00. 

tht'im, sr,;V;r n Tre. S P. $25. Nebraska — 330.00. A Sister. 

inn CaUfornla — 327.00. I.or.l.shnrg S. S., S-'0; M. D. Hershey 
.,, id wife I i.rdshui-i.' ?7 Virginia -S25.00. Mill Creek A. S.. 
»'5 Oregon— 320.00. Portland. S2U. Indiana— 320.00. Bettl- 
anv S S $io Illinois — 916.00. Brethren A. S.. Franklin 
Crove SHI Michigan — 310.00. Woodland A. S.. Sl«- New 
Mexico— 35.00. Yrsso s. S.. $5. Kansas— 31.32. Fannie Stev- 
ens. $1.32. Total for the month. $201.36; previously received. 
$1,703.85; fe 

128E «0: for the year so far, $263.96. 


Virslnia-825.00. Willing Workers' Mill Creek. $25. 
-enn.7lvanlo-Sl.00. Horner s w™, f »- th ™»^ f j; «Jf 


Ohio— 323.79. Springfield, S2S.79. California— 35.00. South 

... ...e month. S3 

for the year SO far, $80.19. 

Iowa — 33.5 

. $3.i 





in. SI 

Iowa, — S22.t 


ireen Primary S. S.. S7; Roscho Rover, Dallas 
„„nsylvania— 313.00. Susannah^Dim- 

MiluT..«ril3 S .50: ( Irving »£«^»^ *^°^3arf '"l 
Te^as^Sa'Vs.' A Sister! Dublin.' $3:75. Ohio— S3.1 

1 for 

Oregon — Sl.t 

Deceived, $753.56; ._. 


Nebra.ka-S25.00. A Sister. $25. North Dakota-322.00^ PrI - 
mar-v riim-i K.'tiiivu-'-- ; '-"-'- Canada. — SH.OO. u esiern o. ^.. 
Selthville Union. $11. Total for the month. $5S; previously 

elved, $3*5 ' 

> far, S443.9T. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

Indiana — 938. 


Nebraska — 335.00. 


Plfe, 126; 


.; -Dunnlngs Creek, $3.&u, t 

Total for the month, S<:0; previously 
»i»-(.o»; ior me year so far, 1257.88. 

Nebraska— 935.00. A Sister. $25. Ohio— 313.83. Bethel, 



Dustln, 10 rents. Indiana — S8.57. 
Creole A. S„ $S. Illinois— S3.00. .,„,.„ 
M; Allison Prairie A. S.. $2. Total for the montl 
nrevlously receive d, »07 .86; for the year so far. $256 
Nebraska— 825.00. A Sister. S25. Ohio— 311.19. V 

t. $2.04; Dr. P. W. 

Creek, $3.57; Pipe 


- ami wife, 


Illinois — Sl.( 


Pennsylvania — 310.00. Learners vllle Jul 

Oregon — Sl.oo. Fdward R, wimor SI Tot 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

>f meetings In Michigan, 
in. 12. and preached a 

n were received Into the 
■red to fellowship. Bro. 
assist 'is In a series of 
Tia Rife, Converse, Ind., 

:' 1 r,| r iv""i"" 1 i"'r!"' {'' ,, '" l "- r - when thht-r, VMuni; ,„.„ P le 'v. 
mpuzea. — ,j. k. Allen, Dumont, Iowa, Jan. 8. 

Grundy County — Our Bible School closed Jan. 11. It v 
he most successful Bit,],;, study class we have ever had. 
'■"i i.a oiai.fe weather, and a large number w. r e interest 
■•■■•■ I. . Sn.,v,ly ,,„,„, -,i t h e Bible to us In a way tl, „ r „„ 
ng and wanting: to know more about It. At I 


I Chr 


five preclo 

S nn i W6 « e l . bapUzed - ° ur congregation decided" 
■ ■- ; Bible School next winter.— Hannah C. Musse 
Grundy Center, Iowa, Jan. 13. 

Ottmnwa church met In council to elect new officers for U 

won nC TnTww* m1 t0 makG tt " an &«™nt* for more efficle, 
"o,| v . ihp writer was chosen elder for one year- also S m 
day-school superintendent for six- months SM, r Fll,,.i Sti,a 

. f)iu 

■ cla 

•etary; Bro. G. Scully, 
endent of the home di 
enrlent of the cradle 
scs. We feel, after.) 

;r; Sis 



all. We 


I sileki.. 


orkextf Meeting, and SIsteY~Maufl""Mess 

lied, which has proved a success t lirongho 
ndered an interesting program on Christ 
ileh they were given a treat of eandv T 

t we cou»d.— S. L. Cover, US 

Jan. 14. 

quarterly council Jan. G, Br 

ley, rider; Sister Minnie lVrn 

. Otturr 

!. Sisti 





Ward. Rid, 

White Bock (Lov 
Cal., closed a wee 

teaching- the Book 
ioye.l by all. Our 

;cted ; 


elder in charge. 

, this city, held a love feast on the 
ninety-five members communed. B 
be West Side, officiated. It was a 

Chri.stmas^xercTses were'hefdV^ 
' Dec. 


ilng of Dec. 27. 
spiritual meet- 

-. The little folks did wei 

. .- enjoy the program. -Each of the eight Masses or 
the Sunday-school rem.-mb-n d -, sh,,. i„ ^ , 

Wichita. Kans., Jan. 12. embered a *hut-in.-Irene Hoyt. 


save us some good "-"-V K . y _-'-!^f. _ w!th .. U8 _ gently, and 
loves his Master's 
school has somewh 
being away at w(r 

He Is 

i of . 


wife were installed 

to abandon the Oak Hill 
Detour appointment for on 

much encouraged.— Mrs. Mettie Caskev Lenox Tow i ' Tan "- 
South Waterloo fCmmtry HnircM.— We had a' giving Chri^t- 
■ .is l'";u.iriwin the evening of Dec. 24. Everv scholar had 
a part in giving something. One class of boys each gave a 
sack of flour, and a class of girls gave mnterhil for Cevcn'i 
comforters. Most of the nluVr classes gave monev to ho it«a 

ce for last 

schools. — Rufu 


Id her first council Jan. B. Our 
resided. Bro. Jesse P. Wevbrlgh 
It was di 
ifinitely, an. 

her.— Allen 



and collection. We have 
mas evening our school § 
ing, especially, was good. 

r Christmas pro- 
They did exeel- 
iv morning and 
111 be welcomed. 

lister Stella Piki 

vitb Sister Benlah Knff 
I, Waterloo, Iowa, Jan. 

Abilene. — We met in 

junior departmeni 
as superlntendent.- 

ouncil at the Nav 

: year, with Bro. i 

Deer Park church met in council Dec 

Eik-enherry presiding. Four letters of 




ed for 1915. Bi 

o^'fumlfv ^ i°- t pep \ oel f was elected Superintendent „ A 

C I '' J i" , "'-" 1 * t ' 1 '- ™" ">H.rch clerk. Bro. Sil- 
day-schoo? Last %^Uv\^fuT'^'7^'rU^ fo, T n.""" 
1 Sunday-selmoi Board. Next Sunday's offerTn °' 


unday-school wor 
tury Record Sys 

onducted by Eld. 

1 be for 

nday-scliool. Many 

Altainont church 
church and Sundav- 
Talbelm, recently ad 

he Sunday-school 

here.l o.,r t^-J T. , ?" ho slster ?" Aid Society 

■inJ ■ tr . I. ? JT E mml *ters at Christmas time, by 
f£ *! i »£ thpm twe,ve bonks from the "Gish 

for their Ilbrary.-A. Laura Appelman, Plymouth, Ind* 

icll Jan. 

! granted. Janitor, church 
en for the year. The wrlt- 

t and correspondent for 

voted that those offic 
mittee to fill all other 
T. A. Robinson and SI 

Missionary Committee, 

rge. Bro. B. S. Miller Is our Su 
t; Bro. L. c. Morrison, president of 

•eting: Sister Pearl Morrison, chur 
d^v^leTte ^ll wrIter * rorl "e*Ponfle 
g in numher. and feel that our 
future. The Sisters' Aid Societv 
time, on account of~t 
the work with renewed 

church officers were 
chosen secretary-tre 


i Committee: Sis 
Glover. Messeni 

i taki 


hnstian Workers' Meeting; SIst 
-treasurer; Sister Harlow, Sr , su 
the writer, clerk and corresponde 

x-ndenre. Kans.. j an 

Miller.— Pella Carson, R. D. af^O^' 

Maud Whit 

Rob J 


- -nltte'di 
that Bro. J. Q. Goughnour, 




s.oula may he 

'uperlntendent. and 

—Ruth E. Werner. Hot, In--, Vo'v",'^ .i'','',' 

i Dry Creek ___ 

h Sister Jennie B. Miller 


Quinter.— B 
Bible study 1 

pr.videni of' Cliristia,,''^',,,-,;',,"^ ''^,, '',,,- 
12 Connecticut Street, Lawrence, Kans.. 

f'Mi.lman and wife came Ii 
lne,-| here three weeks. He 
of Revelation Dec. G. and co 

Falrview church met 
day-school officers were 
Sunday-school superint 

elected. Bn 

Merton Whfsler, church cl 
Z secretary. Bro. Altos, of Hoxt 
taught twenty singing lessons 

Church and Sun- 
i Ogilen, secretary- 

llfied to handle this study 
He also delivered an insj 
he day Bro. Eshelman ga^ 
in the Book of Acts. I 

Sister Eshelman's kind 
I. She gave a lecture t- 

tied, and good 
__. Quinter, Kans.. jar 
Waking-ton Creek.— O n Chr 

Koons, R, D. 2, and Christlr.,, Workers' Society 

Kans., closed a splendid Bible Inatltu 
ie was here four days. and. gave th 

ien and girls on 
'Ice, which every 

I).— G-retta Jami- 

ur Sunday-school 
very acceptable 
:, of Mc- 

easeii to lia\ r e them stop, especial Iv ministers We 
"ri" minister at this u\ : ,.-,. n ,, v .- _^i,.« c.-, (l ,„ f e,,., ,. 
Minn., Jan. 7. ' S o"aue. 

'Fork, In reorganizing our Sundav-school, we d< 
■ d two features.— the cradle roll and the home a, 
Sister Grace Greenwood is our superintendent 
'Mil, Harvey is our secretary. Sister Lulu Wein 

ceived by letter. 

Keith, R. D. 2, M; 

Mound church 

Pemperance Committee: 
V collection of $9.82 w 
Snos, Adrian, Mo.. Jan. 
Shoal Creek. — Our rr 

i home departme 
front-line Sunda; 
. Carthage, Mo., 

. Hope 

the wi 

s taken for Distr: 

i Holdeman 
tchool this year. — 
Our elder presided. 


the Word with power. lll 

est— Virgie Argabright, Falrview, Mo., Jan. 

Go?*" "" Laie '— In l he re P°rt from our ch 


ed far 
. the r 


Bethel — On Sunday 

rhich hindered 

for pla- 

I feast to all.— W. E. Flory, Carleton. S Nebr e , S 'jan. d 7 a 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

Juniata chl 


- remained 

Sunday, and 

ireachea on suiniaj mcinimc and evening. His presence was 
ippreclated. — M. E. Kindig. Juniata, Nebr.. Jan. 11, 


Lake Ridge Mission. — Dec. 27 marks the close of another 

; at this pla. 

attendance of six 

proved a much-needed K •-.■ 1 1 * 

was received by baptts 
enty, and art 1 looking 1 forward to the 
rregation in the near future. Dec. 23 
exercises. About March l. 1014, we ] 

•- Gen 


-Mrs. E. P. Nedi-o 


Surrey church met in council Dec, 23. We elected officer! 

for the coming - year. Sunday-school superintendent, D. S 

Petry; secretary, Anna Frantz; church treasurer. S. M. Sheets 
R. Relff; trustee. O. D. Peters; evangelistic com 

agent," V 
Frantz; president 
Lizzie DlerdorfE; . 
Dierdorff. One le 

Brook vllle. — Bit 
with us in a serii 
preached a numbi 

ireh by baptl 

Covington. — Our Sunday 
ng. Our pastor. Bro. G. 

f "International Chris 

rookvllle, Ohi 

Thirteen w< 

Brookvllle, Ohio, Jan. 1 

ided the Con 


since realized that the organizing of a church or Sunday- 
school to the end that every effort may tend t 
building of God's kingdom on earth, is a gigantl 
the evening. Bro. Fiery preached on the church tha 

r finds protective 
live, to help each 
regular meetings 

nbership. — Ellzabei 

haugh presided. Bro. Cols Workman was also present. The 
following officers were elected for one year: Bro. G. S. 
Strausbaugh, elder in charge; Bro. Ottie Orr. Sunday-school 

iother year; Bro. B. F. Kintii.-r, clerk; Bro. A. M. 
surer and foreman; Bro. S. A. Miller, trustee. 
■ Clapper was reelected Sunday-school superln- 
1 the writer, correspondent. The following Sun- 
irganlzed our Sunday-school. Bro. Ora Leonard 

■ funds for church 
expenses by the envelope system. The purpose of this meet- 
ing was to ask God's help for our revival. Sunday was 
"Rally Day" at this place. Our elder suggested that every 

the enrollment. Total attendance at Sunday-school was 250. 
Our pastor solicited the children of our County Home, near 
the city, and we have the promise that this coming Sunday 
the superintendent and all the children, — about 30 In all, — 
will be here for Sunday-school. Bro. Van B. Wright, of Sink- 
ing Spring, Ohio, opened our revival with great vigor on 
Sunday morning. With the ne 

ry. Lydla 

the Christian Workers' Meeting, Sister 
elder in charge for another year, D. T. 
of membership was granted.— Man erva 

Tenth Street, Oklahoma City, or J. Franks, li 
Street, Oklahoma City, or Simon Row. R.'d. 
City. Any information will be gladly glven.- 


William s.— Bro. Levi Puterbaugh and wife came to this 

hurch Dec. 6 and labored faithfully for nearly three weeks. 
Jwing to the very cold weather, the attendance was small, 

'<•■ neiuheis were much built up. Two milted with the. 

hurch in baptism. These notes should have been sent In 

inallpo\- in ,.iii neighborhood caused some delay. H»w' 


P. Moomaw, 

VII Hams, Oregon, Jan. 11. 


Albright church met in special council Dec. 2fi. Our elder, Bro. 

Hiatus. presided. Sister I'MIlt Snillh was iv; beted supeiia- 
endent of our Sunday-school, It was decided to retain Bio, 
). M. Adams as elder for another year, Bro, M. W. RetTner 

V, T. Spldle. ni' (juakeiluwn, I'.i.. will h,rj„'„ -e, Irs of moet- 

ong sermons. Sixteen made a public confession. 
ung people of the Cone wa go Sundav -school. Threo 
aptlzed last Sunday. Jan. 24 we expect Bro. Rufus 
, of Qunrryville, Pa., to open a series of meetings at 
chmanvllle house. — J. B. Aldlnger, Ellviabethtown, Pa., 

Ephrata. — On Sunday i 

io, our teacher-training 

say-, singing, and an address by Bio. II. K. Oher. <•( Eliza- 
beth town. Pa. There were eleven In the class. Our elder, Bro. 
David Kllhefner. was the teacher. The attendance was large. 
Bro. Oher remained tor the j, reaching service, and delivered an 
inspiring sermon.— J. M. Nefr, Ephrata, Pa.. Jan. 12. 

Harrlabiu-g church met In regular council, Bro. G. N. Falk- 
enstein presiding, We elected officers for 1915. Wo are 
planning for a revival, to bo conducted by Bro. Wm. K. 
Conner, of Harrisonburg, Va„ beginning on Saturday, Jan. 
30. Strenuous efforts are being made to have the meetings 
advertised by Use of placards in windows and Individual in- 
vitation cards, Cottage prayer meetings are being conducted 

Harrlsburg, Pa., 

longer. — Elton 
Johnstown ( 

e,— -this making his i 

Walnut Grove House). — Th 

lected our Sunday-s.hoo] otricers for the 

L. Brougher was reelected by a unan 

by oi 

, on the last Sunday evening of the 
-was, "How to Make the Sunday-school Go," After a 
interesting and Inspiring discourse he had all officers 
;eachers promise personally they were willing to do 
best for the good of the Sunday-school. Sunday evening 
! Christmas, about ir,0 of our primary and junior pupils 
splendid ] 

Blxler Garret, 



ur pastor, assisted by Sister Mar- 

etings. We have been having ex- 
nd the very best of interest, Sat- 

i delegation of 






Mechanic I 

conducted by Bro, 

. Keipei 

, opened Dec. 13 and closed 
le sermons. One wi 

nestly,' and did muc 
—Mary P. Habecker, R. D. 3, Quai 
?a„ Jan. 8. 
Meyers dale. — Our congregation met in council Jan. 


E. Light, of Neffsville. be- 
ne he preached sixteen ln- 
ice was good. One awaits 

t, Sister Mae Miller Vice- 
We expect Bro. H. C. Early 
hunt Feb. 21. — Mary Fearer, 

Upper Cumberland 

West Conestoga,- 

'"' '■'■ J| "I" awaiting baptism.— W. W. Gild. el. Br 
Pa., Jan. 11. 

West Oreontreo. — Last evening we closed an 1 
<eries ol' meellngs at llhoenis. The meetings were I 

wo weeks. One evening we were favored with a i 

York chu re 

-ong preeidi 

Ull Sili'lety I 

Sreentree. Bid. 
:es. — S. R. Mc- 

ducted by Eld. \V. H. 
ily a week. He gave 

' Flora was elected 

Inspiring Christmas sermon.— Bertha Flora, Rocky Mount, 

'Briok.— Bio. James W. Rogers, of Fayettevllie, W. Va., came 
Dec. 1T7 and prea. h-.-.I fourteen inspiring sermons. The in- 
terest and attendance were good. On account of much rough 
weather, many could not attend services regularly. Bro. 
Rogers nls,) held a series of meetings at Piedmont in No- 
vember, a preaching point in this congregation. The at- 
tendance was large, and great interest was manifested. Four 

v. ilh Br. 


...Hi.-, i 


nbership were granted. Brethn 
Peters were appointed to secu 
meetings for us In August of th 

H. W. Peters w 
. — Ollie Ikenben 

Marvin Rodeffer as 
ivlth Bro. S. B 
on, Bro. G. F. V 
• and Claud Berry as helper; 

/1th Brethren J. F. Mlllt 
I. Garber having resignei 

interested to unite with us. We already have the assurar 
that Bvthanv Bible School is remembering us on certain e- 
nings of each week, and we believe that this will be a gn 
help lii bringing souls to Chrlrst. — Bes3le P. Schmidt, Sldn^ 

i in Pebru- 

iry, to assist in our series of meetings. — Effle F. Gnagey. 
Vest Milton, Ohio, Jan. 14. 

Big Creek. — During the holidays our congregation had the 


by Brethn 

profitable Bible Normal, 



i Normal for 
me. During 
ice program. 

Jno. R. Pi t/.er. of Cordell.— Nellie 
Ripley, Okla.. Jan. 11. 

Oklahoma City. — At the close o: 

I. Ziegl-r 

•eady for a great 

by the labors of th. 
ur congregation had de- 


the Mes- 


Scalp Level churcli 
eived. Officers for ] 

Spring Creek. — Our series of meetings, which began Dec. 

~!r... Ralph Schlos- 

ser, of Elizahethtown, Pa., labored for l 

weeks. He preached the Word with power. 

Eld. J. C. Zug and Bro. F. S, Carper then toe 
ind continued the meetings a week longer, wit 
During this time four more stood for Christ, 
ivere strengthened. The membership of our c 

■ th© first t 


LlnvUlo Creek church 

Katie Ritchie, 

th us, Important business w 
isposed of. Fourteen letters 
Bro, J. S. Wampler was rea 
the Llnvllle Creek Sumlay-scho 
is reappoints 

Abroad." — Citticrin 

R. Kline. 
E. Blough 


uniniit. — Ou 

' S. D. Mill. 

Peter Garber, our assistant elder, 
had charge of the meeting. Our congrega- 
ted to pay thirty-four dollars per year, for three 
o help support the work in Staunton. We also de- 
give Bro. Isaac Long, in India, twenty-five dollars 
r. We intend to put Sunday-school 

. J. Glic 


D. 2. Weyer's Cave, Va., Jan. 1 
(Concluded oa Pago 

appointed to choose : 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

"he Following Notes, Crowded Out of Last Issue, Are 
Given Space on This Page. 


Fresno.— Our Bible Instltut 


h closed on New Year's 

ehefited. Bro. J- P- Dickey 

s some good Instruction 

d. D. 

,. Miller lectured on the 

tf.ive us a talk each day 

i "Church Government." Eld 
i,I remained over the follow 

Tig Sll 

nday^He^gave Zl^tour 

Bplrlng sermons. Owing to 


L-ath of Sister George S. 
na.i program, but met at 

nday-school children the 


A. D. Bowman, former 

es of 

me Rome Beauty apples. 

-Miriam Rhoades, 1233 Glenn 

Fresno.— The Northern Dial 

let o 

California held a Bible 

from the Book 

.finds, illustrated by 
from the various 

of membership 
were elected as 
irgre; Bro. F. E. 

of illness. — Amanda Garner, Nampa, Idaho, Jan. 8. 

\ — Dec. 31 we met in council. Our elder, Bro. B. 
J. Flke. presided. He was reelected a* our elder for one 
year. We received fourteen members by letter. Bro. John 
Reed and family came in September, and Eld. S. F. Nls- 
wander and family, formerly of Caldwell. Kans., moved here 
last week. We expect Brethren Daniel Nlswander and Thos. 
Mannon and family to come soon. Our District Evangelist, 
Bro. S. S. Neher, of Twin Falls. Idaho, will commence a series 
of meetings for us Jan. 17. We will have our love feast Jan. 
16. We elected our Sunday-school officers for another year. 

tendent of the cradle roll. — Amanda E. Flory, Winchester, 
Idaho, Jan. 4. 

Woodland Village church assembled In council Jan. 2. Two 

Voodland, Mieh.. Jan 

3.— Anna Chrl 


Bear Creek.— Sister Josephine Powell, our missionary from 

India, favored us with an interesting talk on India Dec. 14. 

Seemingly, she placed us in the village of Vada, India, where 

our sister, Anna Eby, was stationed during her first year in 


-Campbell. — By 


Albright. Text, Rev. 14: 13.— E. N. Huffman, 

f the Brethren, and has ev 
loving wife. Two infant 
husband, her parents, thr 

rork cemetery.— Susie Gilbert. Plattsburg, Mo. 

Conrad, Bro. Marion F.. died of pneumonia at the home of 
lis son, Jacob W. Conrad, in the Harrisonburg congregation, 

for the Sundav-s.liuni. Shortlv after the cloi 
War he organized a Sunday-school at Liberty 
Ingham Co., Va. Nine sons and fhree daughtei 

i all enjoyed. Then 

by Services by Elders 

n of our new Sunday-school officers and teachers. A 
irit wos manifested throughout the meeting. Bro. 
Hutchison was with us during otir Institute. He 
J over Sunday and continued the night services, 
/ore greatly enjoyed by all. — Mary A. Weimert, 746 
Street. Fresno, Cal., Jan. 6. 

burg. — The last Sunday of 1914 was a blessed, one 

congregation. Our elder, Bro. W. F. England, 

I a Christmas missionary sermon in the morning, and 

ach of the children In our Sunday-school with 
oin, worth about one-twentieth of a cent. AJ1 th 
interesting. At the opening of t 

nteresting things. — Omy 


i, written from Peking. Chin 
Angeles, Cal., then preached 1 

Sunday-school rendered 

and Sister 

idy to dedicate In 

to help the poor and unfortunate, 
' food and clothing. The first Sun- 
>. E. S. Young, of Claremont, Cal., 

I'Virty-lH'th Street. Los Angeles. Cal., Jan. 4. 

Trigo.— At our recent council the following church officers 
were elected: Bro. D. F. Sink, elder in charge; Sister Anna 
Ramsey, clerk; the writer, correspondent; Bro. Edwin M. 
Follis, treasurer. The writer was reflected Sunday-school 
superintendent; Sister Edith Sink, secretary. Eleven of our 
Sunday-school scholars made a perfect record of attendance 
last quarter.— (Mrs.) Mamie Sink, Trigo, Cal., Jan. 5. 


Battle Creek church met in council Dec. 5, with our elder, 
Bro. George Strycker, presiding. We elected church of- 

chorister; Br< 

iool. We also organized a Christian Workers' Meeting for 
North sehoolhouse. which le increasing in attendance and 
erest. Bro. Ralph Palmer was clot. ted Christian Workers' 
■siden'..— (Mrs.) Nellie Ziegler, Vldora, Sask., Canada, Jan. 8. 
Iharon.— The East Arrowood church, in the bounds of the 

elected. Bro. 

John Shomberger 

, Canada. Jan. 5. 


—Alice Netzley, 

ss. our elder, Bro. Yearout, could not be with us. 1 
Harp presided. Church officers were reelected as 
Sister Carrie Patter: 

■ Bertha Garrls 

rlntendent of Sun- 
ro. Earl Harlacher, 
3ro. Duglas Adams, 

asked, which brought 
Erbaugh, R. D. 4, Dayton, 

Bobb church met in council Jan. 2, with Bro. Jam< 
Guthrie presiding. We elected church officers as fol 
Clerk, Bro. J. B. Detrick; treasurer. Sister Nancy Dei 
M''ss. Tiger correspondent, the writer. Sunday-school of 

Sp. nn-r-ville, Ohio, Jan. 8. 

West Dayton. — Our church 
D. H. Keller presiding. One 
ed. Bro. C. B. Cooper was elected to ser 

of the joint Sunday-school Meeting. We 

f;ivm-. )!>]<■. 

Aid Society Is doing a comme 
up the subject of " Personal Work " in our mid-week study 
class. We were especially favored on Sunday, Jan. 3. Our 
pastor gave us an inspiring sermon In the morning, and In 
the evening Bro. Chas. Morris gave us an interesting talk. 
Bro. Baker, of Greenville, Ohio, then told us how he found 
Christ. It was an inspiration to all. — R. M. Lantis, 1565 West 
Second Street, Dayton, Ohio, Jan. 9. 

WilliamBtowB. — We held our love feast on the evening of 
i of meetings. Our 

lattie Bame, Williamstown, Ohio, Jan. 8. 


Olympia. — Our chu 

elder for ai 
Simmons, treasurer; Bro. Ira Wagon 
Harvey Prfne, solicit) 

Janie Simmons, secretary-treasurer: Sister Delia Stanley, 
chorister; the writer, correspondent. Brethren Ira Wago- 
man. Silas Shumate and Harvey Prine are our Auditing Com- 
mittee. Our elder is to appoint solicitors to see what can 
be done towards the support of more ministerial help. Breth- 
ren Ira Wagoman, Silas Shumate and Harvey Prine are the 
committee in charge. — Settle Shumate, Olympia, Wash., Jan. 5. 
Christmas program was given by the Sunday- 
Bro. Gregory conducted a few days' Bible Institute 
ing the holidays. These meetings could not be con- 



our Sunday-school. — 
Tacoma, Wash., Jan. 

Sisters Sarah Garman 
our Christian Workers' Meei 
:hosen as missionary secretar 
Elsie Garman, R. D. 2. Box 


wife, Mr. Charles Blocker and Miss Sarah Pence, both of 
Surrey, N. Dak. — D. T. Dierdorff, Surrey, N. Dak. 

Calvert-Williams. — By the undersigned, at the home of the 
bride's parents, Jan. 1, 1915, Bro. David Calvert and Sister 
Eva Williams, both of Fresno, Cal. — J. R. Rhoades. 1263 
Glenn Avenue, Fresno, Cal. 

Hager-Shorb. — By the undersigned, at the home of the 
bride's parents, Eld. D. M, Shorb and wife, Surrey, N. Dak., 
Dec. 30, 1914, Mr. George Hager, of Minot, N. Dak., and 
Sister Ruth Shorb, of Surrey. — D. T. Dierdorff, Surrey, N. Dak. 

I ale-Gripe. — By the undersigned, at his home tdate not 

Zlon. N. Dak., 

Leeds, N. Dak.- 

days, aged 74 years, 4 months and 22 days. Her 
due to paralysis. She was married to Bro. Thomas 
Not long after her marriage she and her hus- 
ed to Black Hawk County, Iowa, and while living 
made the good choice. Then the family moved back 

■ daughters, five of 
husband preceded 

U. Cross, i 

S, Md. 

Peter Garb 

Catherine, nee Cline, wife of Bro. 
r elder, born near Weyer's Cave, Va., 
Oct. 24, 1S52, died at her home near Weyer's Cave Station 
Jan. 1. 1915, aged 62 years, 2 months and 8 days. She was 
a great sufferer from rheumatism for nine years, and almost 
entirely helpless for four years. She bore her suffering 
patiently. Her husband, three sons, one daughter, five broth- 




!d. J. M. Ryman In the St. Luke church. Text. 
. — M. H. Copp, Maurertown, Va. 
James D., husband of Mrs. Mary E. Gordon, 
me Of his parents on Woodberry Avenue, Baltl- 
:. 18, 1914, aged 24 years, 6 months and 15 days. 
ls taken suddenly and seriously ill with typhoid 
hanksyiving Day, and for two weeks prior to 

1913. His wife and infant daughter survive him; also 
parents and four sisters. Services at his parents' home 
the writer, assisted by Rev. F. G. Porter, of the Wpod- 
ry Methodist church. Interment in the St. Mary's Epis- 

Grant, Sister Lizzie, died of paralysis the Ephrata < 




slstent member of the Church of the Brethren for mar 
years. Services by Eld. David Kilhefner and Bro. Samu 
Kulp. Text, Heb. 13: 13-15.— J. M. Neff, Ephrata, Pa. 

lientz, Bro. Henry P., born in New Paris, Elkhart C< 
, Oct. 8, 185'0, died Jan. 3, 1915, aged 64 years. 2 montl 

County, 111., 


Bates County, Mo., 


married Hannah DeLong June 16, 1372. To this 
e born three sons and two daughters. One son died 
f. Two sons and two daughters, with the widow 
vlve. Deceased united with the Church 

878, and continued faithful until death. 
in V. Enos In the Mound church. In- 
ent Hill cemetery. — Delia Enos, Adrian, 

• daughter, Mrs. J. C. Ebersole, at Roaring Spring, Pa. She 
s the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Grimes. She grew to 
manhood in Franklin County, Pa., and in 1866 was married 
Daniel Miller (deceased). For thirty-three years she was 
eaithful member of the church at Woodbury. Pa. After 

Ohio, died at the home of his son, Eld. W. H. Miller, of In- 
dependence, Kans., Jan. 1, 1915, aged 79 years, 6 months and 
21 days. He leaves an aged wife, one son and one daughter. 

; of the grandchlldn 

J. Miller Sept. 

Keltner presided. 

usual number 

nd from the Conference. Two sei 
held, and souls have been born ir 
ibers have been strengthened, and ' 

Boonsboro, Md. — H. D. Grossnlckle, 

Neher-Blaebangb. — By the undt'i^lgrn-d, ] 

Elizabeth Bluebaugh, of Carthage, Mo.- 

Olympi , Wash. 

past few years, Brother and Sis 
son, and for several years before 

Services at the church by Bro. W. 
S. Clark. Texts, Rev. 14: 13; 1 
Mount Hope cemetery In this clty.- 

patfently c; 

R. Nlnlnger 
Cor. 15. In 

ro. -A. J., son of Bro. J. B. and Barbara (Miller) 
. May 30, 1839, in Somerset County. Pa., died Dec., 
the home of his daughter, Mrs. W. I. Shelly, aged 
d 7 months. He was married to Hannah Fast Jan. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 23, 1915. 

s wife preceded him In death June 
twenty-three Bro. Myers united with 
■en in the Maple Grove congregation, 

lorth of Ash 

uul h.iv 

if: s.-rv- 

1 In t 

if office 

forty-two ye 


•istlan life— 

r. n. Pai 

. Daytoi 

, Ohic 

Her husl 
son are le 
G. W. Hahn. and 

,vife of the lulu Hon 

' Telford, Pa., 

id jot nine cem 

Rev. Lukenblll, 

early days of 1879. There, June 22, 1900, ht 
■ailed to his reward. Jan. 2, 1915, Sister Rai 

ripe age of 74 years, ("» months and 26 days. Th 
she was under the hand of affliction, but si 
red her sufferings. Five sons and three daugl 
• families, survive. Drusilla was a slster-ln-)a 


rapidly grew worse of a complication of 
Ife and one daughter preceded him. Bro. F 
jl member of the Church of the Brethn 
He leaves one brother, one half-brothe 
o daughters. His son had heen living with h 
L C. Garber, Tlmbervllle, Va. 

er of 
Bro. Theodore 

: days. In 1871 he i 

I Jan 

Impaired, which he never fully regained, 
mbs became paralyzed, and he was never 
walk. His sight also began to fall, and 

entirely blind. Nearly thirty-six years 

: patience, always looking toward 



born in Liberty Township, 
home, in the bounds of th 
Walkerton. Ind., Dec. 29, 19: 
day. He was married 

death. Seven child: 

preceded him ii 
one son. His di 

with the Church 

Pine Creek 

him in death. 

sons, two daughters and 
Bro. Rupel and his companion united 
ie Brethren in 1870. In 1S73 he was 
office, in which lie remained faithful, 
•vices at the "West house, Pine Creek congregation, by Eld. 
niel Wysong. Text, Job 

Elizabeth, wife of Bro. John K. Shlslei 

Shialer, Sis 

patiently. Sister Shisl.-r 
was a member of the Indian Creek congregation for more than 
fifty years. Interment in the cemetery adjoining the Indian 

ier, Vernfield, 

Sines, Sister 
1848, died at 


vas the mother of four 
r sons are members of 
daughters preceded 1 
ie writer. Text, Eccle; 
i the 

lived together for alrr 

ngregation. She llv< 
administer to the sic 
:hree daughters. Thr< 
i of the Brethren. Tl 

, Md. 

in the family 

Spencer, Bro. 
" "ad i 

■ Walt. 

; Wilcox, born In Hartford, Conn., Dec. 
1827, died at the home of his daughter, Sister Frank 
Dec. 24, 1914, aged 87 years. In 
-rried to Mary A. Stevens, who preceded him In 
death about eight years. To this union were born three 
daughters. One preceded him about twenty-one years ago. 
Bro. Spencer united with the Church of the Brethren in 1894, 

vas. Interment near by. Text, Eccles. 12: 5. — Katie 
a eabody, Kana. „ . 

Steele, Sister Katharine, nee Zent, born Jan. 31, 
"Tov. 13, 1914, aged 48 y 

days. Oct. 27, 
J. Reuben Steele. To this union 
ifldren were born. One daughter preceded her. Sister 
s a faithful member of the 
wife and mother. ] 

Strawnberff, Sister Ellzi 

nonths' duration. Her hi 
vho miss her motherly con 

mur of her departure app 

: child rt 

survive.— Zora Sn 

Jacob Strawsber, 
Lfter an illness of 
i seven children s 

, she called foi 
nglng. comfort! 

who anointed 

nt in the 

M. Moh- 

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Three Valuable Qua.] I ties B7 

The Sniule and the Bible 57 

Another Look at 1916 B7 

The Lord's Supper and Banquets 57 

Bible Term In German Settlement Congregation, West 

Virginia. By Galen B. Royer 60 

A Word of Approval. By J. L. Snavely 50 

Over 3,000 Sleep on the Floor. By H. A. Clayb.uigh, 60 
Dedication of the Billy Sunday Tabernacle, Philadel- 
phia, Pa. By J. T. Myers • • El 

District Chnference of Texas and Louisiana. By J. B. 

At the Hills. ' By I. S. Long B1 

SouUn-rri Ohh. Suiula v- ■■<•! I ami Bible Institute. By 

Levi Mlnnich 6Z 

The Work at Aliw'a, India.' By J. I. Kaylor 62 

A Christian Workers' Conference, By P. A. Myers, .. 53 
City Work, as Seen from My Angle. -By F. D. Anthony, 63 

To Which Class Do You Belong? — John B. Hamilton. 
Tli.- First Inland " 101 lis Island."— Marc N. Goodnow. 
■•Twenty Time-proofs. "—Wilbur B. Stover. A Wlde- 
nw.ik.' Sunday-school.— J. M. Neff. Bible Institute of 
Western Pennsylvania. — M, J. Brougher. sunday- 


Notes from Our Correspondents. 

i have Bro. A. W. Ross with us Jan. 3. He preached at 7:30 
. M., and In the discourse told us about the effect the pres- 

■s" Society has been reorganized, with Bro. G. B. KInzie as 
Sister Adeline Layman aa secretary,— Frank! e 
utvlllo, Va., Jan. 11. 


north Yakima. — At our December council the following of- 
ficers were elected: Bro. E. Faw, elder in charge; Bro. J. 
Holllnger, clerk; Bro. R. A. Wise, Messenger agent; the writer, 
^respondent; Bro. A. L. Miller, Sun- 
superlntendent; Sister Edith Wise, secretary; 
Workers' president. At the be- 

i n.-i hii-i 

Iraded Lessons, 

presiding. We 


-Amy Replogle, 1401 West 

Yakima,, Wash., Jan. 8. 

■o. C. E. Holmes came Dec. 26 and preached for 

nlng; also on Saturday evening and on Sunday 

On Sunday afternoon he preached at the Cher- 

iouse, one of the live school buildings in our Dls- 

pleasant council. Only i 
,'e discussed the 

.rpassed ["'ssiLuliti.s 

dairying and i 

Impossible, at 
rship, yet we greatly feel 
rselves and our children, 

r, expressed themselves as being 
ry, and the desirability of building 
place. We expect some members 

i fruit country. Growing alfalfa. 

ilimate is mild and healthful. We 
i an excellent system of Irrigation 
Kt.-1/lamation service. Come and help i 

, Omak, Wash., Jan. 

Seattle. — We 

ftary. Later the Christian Workers' 
Viola Cline as their president. We 
Ings during the Holidays. On Chri 

ing the childn 

vegetables. All 

' giving. On Christmas night ' 

ithers and daughter; 
.iii.l Sister Hilton, oi 

held their month!; 
■ former missionat U-; 
working in the CI 

Clara Hlner, 7217 


ch met in council Jan. 2. Our elder, 

■eorganlzed. with Bro. Harvey Knox 

..-tings, beginning Sept. 

of meetings 

appointed. We de- 
:o be preceded by a 
1. We also decided to 
i Grove. Shady Grove, 
it-named place meetings 
ndonvllle. W. Vs., Jan. 

t In council Jan. ! 


Christian Workers' Meeting; Bro. O 
regret that Bro. Joseph Q ear hart 
active Sunday-school workers, ha\ 
Mollle Turner. R. D. 2. Stanley. W 

Sunday-school su- 
Bro. Arthur Neihard, Sun- 
Cripe, president of our 
W. Henderson, clerk. We 
and family, — some of our 


On the night of Jan. 10, while driving out from St. 
Elmo, III., with Bro. Andrew Childress, to his home, my 
suit-case, containing clothing and books, was stolen or 
lost out of the buggy (we think it was stolen). 

Upon reaching Bro. Childress's home, we found the 
suit-case missing, and at once retraced our journey eleven 
miles, but without success. Consequently the debate, to 
be held at Jasonville, Ind., Jan. 19, must, of necessity, be 
postponed until I shall be able to secure the needed books. 

The books included the following: 

Robinson's "History of Baptism," Chrystal's "History of 
the Modes of Baptism," Orchard's "History of Foreign Bap- 
tists," Cathcart's " Baptism of the Ages and Nations," Grove's 
"Greek and English Dictionary," Greenfield's "Greek and En- 
glish New Testament," "Doctrine of the Brethren Defended," 
"History of the Brethren," one Bible, Campbell's "Christian 
System," "Book of Tracts," Hege's "Logic," "Stein and Ray 
Debate," " Miller and Sommer Debate," " Cruden's Concord- 

Beside the above volumes, my entire set of outlines 
for debates, in script book form, embracing the result of 
years of untiring investigation, research, and thought, is 
included in the loss. 

I stopped off here to hold a few meetings for the people 
at this place on my way to Jasonville. 

If any one to whom this statement may come, has one 
or more of these books with which he is willing to part 
at a reasonable price, please write me at Puxico, Mo., 
naming the book and the price. Efforts are being made 
to locate and recover the books. A reward of ten dollars 
is offered to the one who may return the suit-case and 
books. B. E. Kesler. 

Puxico, Mo, Jan. 15. 

Brethren, who may have children or friends living in or 
near East Moline, Moline,. Rock Island, 111., or Davenport, 
Iowa, will please write to the undersigned. The parties 
so reported will then be looked after and, if possible, 
cared for spiritually. 

Several members have moved away, but we still have 
twenty members in the above-named cities. We are still 
waiting, praying and working, hoping that the Mission 
Board, or one or more brethren or sisters with means at 
their command, and a burning love for souls, may give 
the Moline mission a small chapel where they can meet 
for Sunday-school, and worship every Sunday. 

Brethren, remember the one hundred and twenty thou- 
sand souls in these cities. D. A. Rowland. 

Dixon, 111., Jan. 11'. 

We have had another prosperous year, and as the ne 
year dawns upon us, we have great cause to rejoice. Oi 
membership has increased nearly two hundred during tl 
year. The Christian Workers' Meetings have been betb 
attended during 1914 than ever before. The presider 
with the program committee, deserves much credit fi 
plan may be a help to others. They ask eat 

of the organized Bible cla 



ch cla 
the topic 

vii progran 


the Chr 

in, and sometimes a special 
made' use of. The young men's Bible class 
opportunity to advance the cause of prohibit 
rendered some temperance programs that die 
the cause. The Trout Bible Class beir 
terested in missions, gave some very 


seized the 
tion. They 
d much for 

pecially in- 
esting pro- 


I have just learned of members living in Rock Island, 
who could not find the Brethren or their place of meeting. 

For the information of these and all others, I would 
say that services are held in Moline at corner of Fifth 
Avenue and Fourteenth Street, in Industrial Hall, on 
second floor of Theater Building, every two weeks, morn- 
ing and evening, at 10:30 and 7:30 o'clock. 

It is not a good place to hold religious services, but is 
the best we can find at present. Occasionally we find 
some Brethren's children or some one that had been a 
member of the Brethren church at one time, though now 
identified with other churches. It is possible that there 

are still oth 

population oi 

Any Brethr 

in the 
hundred i 


grams on that subject. Other interesting programs were 
also rendered by the classes. The joint meeting of our 
joint league was also a help. 

The year 1914 was a busy one for the Sunday-school. 
We do not have an organized Aid Society, but the or- 
ganized classes are banded together in a way to accom- 
plish much good. We hope to send in some reports 
later, of some of the work done during 1914. Our Sun- 
day-school program, on Christmas evening, was good. 

the close of the program the children received their usual 
Christmas treat. The following Sunday morning Eld. P. S. 
Miller preached for us, taking his text from Philpp. 4: 8. 
In the evening Bro. C. E. Trout gave some lessons from 
the life of Amos. (Mrs.) Lula A. Shickel. 

630 Second Avenue, N. W„ Roanoke, Va., Dec. 31. 


THircl E3dition Helng; Printea.. 

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Elgin, Illinois 

The Gospel Messenger 

Vol. 64. 

Elgin, 111., January 30, 1915. 



Farmers as Church Builders. 
Whatever other praise may be bestowed upon the Amer- 
ican farmer, because of his many sterling qualities, statis- 
tics prove him to be the greatest church builder the world 
has ever known. The farmers of this nation are shown 
to have built 120,000 churches at a cost of $750,000,000, and 
their annual contributions to church and mission work 
run into multiplied millions. Perhaps we have never 
stopped to think of it as such, but it is a fact neverthe- 
less that the farm is the power-house of all real progress, 
and' the birthplace of true nobility. He who would know 
the highest usefulness of the Christian church, must look 
well to the place where, for many decades, it nas nour- 
ished most promisin gly.-the rural se ctions of our land. 

The Bible vs. the Koran. 
Believing that nothing will more ertectnally, refute the 
Koran's erroneous teachings than the Word of God, 33 719 
copies of the Bible have recently been put > nt o wcu'ation 
among the people of Mohammedan land . So™ who 
have doubted the propriety of thus circulating lie Scrip 
tures, unaided by the explanatory efforts of -' e «» ou 
missionary, may rest assured that, as of old, the Bible is 
its own best interpreter. Dr. Joseph Parker, when con- 
fronted by a question of that kind exclaimed: Give the 
Word a chance by circulating it freely; God will be s re 
, do his part." Spurgeon, when asked how the Bible 
might best be defended, quickly replied 
I would as soon defend a lion! Let it out 

" Selfl International Court to Settle Disputes. 

A plea for the establishment of a permanent interna- 
tional court to settle disputes that now lead to war, was 

mboded in reso.utions adopted by a mass meeting he 
in Washington, D. C, Jan. 17, under the auspices o he 
National Peace Forum. It was proposed that the U ted 
States at the close of the European war, take the initia 
f- in a movement to establish such a league of peace. 
iTwas suggested, at the notable gathering, that race an- 

agonsms territorial aggressions, and the burdens of 
gTat armaments must yield when the corners one o 
tribunal, to administer international justice is laid n the 
conscience of the twentieth century B h nc thedouds 
hoprMt ZXZ Z -mine the pathway leading 

to permanent peace. 

Powder by the shipload has been arranged for. The 
"Herald" suggests that the United States must, by a 
definite decisive act " extricate itself from a league of 
blood."' It adduces Isaiah's words as a direct reproof of 
prayers being offered for peace while we are partners in 
Europe's slaughter: " When ye spread forth your hands 
I will hide mine eyes from you. Yea, when ye make many 
prayers I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood." 
ft is a stern arraignment of our country's situation today, 
but surely it is truel 

" Defend 
t out— it can defend 

The Great War. 
Jan. 24 a most spectacular sea fight was engaged in by 
the British and German naval forces in the North Sea. 
First reports credited the British with a decisive rout 
of the enemy and the sinking of the German cruiser 
" Bliicher." Later reports from the other side (morning 
of Jan. 26) modify these statements somewhat by main- 
taining that an even larger British ship was sunk also, 
and that the German battleships, though inferior in size 
and equipment, were able to withstand the onslaught, and 
retire comparatively unharmed. On the respective battle 
lines, east and west, there is little of real significance. 
Roumania.and Italy are still undecided as to entering the 
conflict. Both of the warring sides are offering induce- 
ments, but the bargaining has not as yet reached the point 
when the right sort of an offer has turned the scale 

decisively. — 

What Not to Pray For. 
' Recently all the ministers in Great Britain were request- 
ed on " Intercessions! Sunday." to pray for the success of 
the British arms. While most of them were quite willing 
to respond to the request, there were some who could not 
reconcile themselves to the incongruity of praying for the 
success of an undertaking that is wholly at variance with 
the teachings of the Prince of Peace. Dr. William Carne- 
gie, Canon of Westminster, frankly avowed: " Among the 
things which I hold should not be prayed for, is the 
triumph of our cause. While we think our cause ,s 
righteous, our foes are equally convinced that righteous- 
ness is on their side. God is the Judge, and we must 
pray for submission to his will, whatever be the issue." 
Of one thing we are quite sure— that war and bloodshed 
are wholly foreign to the nature and attributes of God, 
and that he can not possibly bless those that engage 

Value of Mission Study Classes. 
While the great benefit of mission study classes is gen- 
erally admitted, we are pleased to note the testimony 
of so high an authority as Dr. Talcott Williams, in charge 
of the School of Journalism in Columbia University, N. Y. 
He makes the remarkable statement that the best quali- 
fied college graduates in his department are those who 
have done thorough work in mission study classes, there- 
by acquiring a most remarkable breadth of vision and 
singleness of purpose, seemingly unattained by others. 
Irrespective of the special reasons, assigned by Dr. Wil- 
liams, there are a number of other most significant argu- 
ments, emphasizing the value of mission study, and in- 
dicating why no professing Christian can afford to dis- 
pense with so valuable an adjunct to Christian develop- 
ment and growth. In fact, no one can have an adequate 
grasp of the great world field without an intelligent study 


Pastor Russell on Foreign Missions. 
Some time ago Pastor Russell, accompanied by six of 
his followers, went on a foreign mission investigating 
tour, and the alleged findings of this " Committee of 
Seven " arc embodied in a report, which has just been 
published in pamphlet form by the " International Bible 
Students' Association." We note these words: "The ad- 
mitted failure of missions, as respects religion, is amply 
shown by the fact that there are twice as many heathen 
today as there were a century ago." One really wonders 
where Pastor Russell obtained the alleged " evidence " in 
support of his preposterous assertion. The immense prog- 
ress of missions, attested to by such trustworthy and un- 
biased observers as W. J. Bryan, W. H. Tafl, Col. Roose- 
velt, anfl many others, whose knowledge was gained by 
personal contact, ought to be sufficient to settle the ques- 
tion once and forever. Christianity shows its fairest fruit- 
age on the foreign mission field. 

A New Attitude Towards Missions. 
Up to a very recent date, the rule of France i 


-their great dependency in North Africa-has been one 
, i .. ..rvile deference to Mohammedanism. Special 
torTwere gllen that cult, in the hope of gaining the 
good will of its adherents. The folly of this is n ow being 
.. , L „* „c \t has become evident that the cnier 

realized, however, as it has beco immobility 

obstacle to real progress m North Africa ^ ^^ 

and ultra-conservatism of Islam. At one i 
officials had hoped that the =M.. em «£•»■«£*„, 
s.milated into the French comn -„,;„,. as the 

see that their anticipations can not "re , 

Koran produces a mentality which does "^ admit o 

" , ^eiX °r"n " coS tha, 
:;Ty\T™u , h^^rin!;rume 8 n,ali t y they can hope to change 
their Mohammedan subjects to moral, wide-awake, 

progressive citizens. . 

Is Our Nation Responsible? 

A few weeks ago we briefly referred to the ^po-M- 

ssumed bv our nation, in allowing war supplies to 

lty, assu y Koll'^prpiits engaged in the great 

be sent to one group of belligerents, engit _^^ ^ u ^ 

^ZZZ-J^™^^ T A or": se'em 
nuestion He tells us, " The American people do not see. 
?o he waked up to the fact that, along with our prayers 
, a „„r exnressed hope that the time mignt 

for peace, and our «P r " se ° nop in(luce the bellig- 

come when we could take some sreps iu 
erent nations to discuss peace, we have been sending to 
Europe guns -munition powder and 0.1- materia , to 
aid the hostile armies to blow one „, r tridaes 

is freely admitted that each week three mAhoa f"™*" 
are shipped from the United States to one o the con 
testants. A great American steel company has contracted 
to deliver nfne hundred steel howitzers within eighte n 
onths Two other companies are to deliver two hundred 
h two hundred million cartridges. 


nd rifles 

Arizona's Anti-Alien Act Ruled Out. 
A few weeks ago mention was made in these column 
of an enactment passed in Arizona, whereby alien labo 
was evidently greatly discriminated against,— so much si 
that representatives of England, Italy and Japan remon 
strated against its enforcement. A special Federal Dis- 
trict Court sitting at San Francisco, to review an injunc- 
tion in reference to the enforcement of the act in question, 
recently declared the act illegal. It was contended by the 
court that the right to labor is a constitutional privilege 
open to all, and that an alien can not be depr.ved of it. 
Whether the decision, as passed, will be allowed to stand, 
or whether an appeal will be taken to the Supreme Court, 
remains to be seen. The question is one that will ulti- 
mately involve several Pacific Coast States Unlike some 
issues, much may be said on either side of the point at 
issue. More especially does it concern those who live 
in the States immediately affected by it. 

Principles vs. Dollars. 
With some degree of justice, perhaps, it has been urged 
bv other nations that " dollar diplomacy " is too often the 
ruling motive in the disposal of various important issues 
i„ our land, and that devotion to principle is not recog- 
nized as fully as it should be. In illustration of this, we 
are cited to the many contracts for war supplies, eagerly 
grasped by some of our manufacturers, thoug ■they know 
that they are thereby increasing the fury of the war now 
raging in Europe and beyond. To the honor of the United 
State be it remembered, however, tha, there are some 
shining examples of a wholly different spirit. Mr Clar- 
„ H Howard president of a steel company at Granite 
CUy Ili., refused' an order of $2,000,000 worth of shells for 
fid guns. Mr. Wm. C. Collins, of Peoria 111., likewise 
turned down an order for $100,000 worth of steel arrows, 
o b used by aeroplane men. They refused to profit by 
. ■ ■ 411 tinner tn these men. and otiiers 

Edrooe's miseries. All honor to mese »«= 
ofhke high principles! They are exponents of he fac 
that there are things in this world of greater value than 
gold.-true nobility that rises to a higher plane, regardless 
cf monetary losses. 

An Agricultural College at Nankin, China. 
Most significant, in the agricultural regeneration of 
China, is the opening of a college to that end, under the 
auspices of the University of Nankin. China lives by 
tilling the soil. More than ninety per cent of her popu- 
lation arc farmers. Vast stretches of her soil have been 
practically depicted by centuries of farming, and millions 
of acres arc undeveloped because they are subject to de- 
structive periodic overflows. Her forest lands have been 
denuded without any definite plan to reforest them. In 
the fruitful valleys, where the rivers renew the soil, China 
sustains the largest population, proportionately, to be 
found on the globe— running as high as 5,000 per square 
mile in the Yangtse Valley. Doubtless the agricultural 
college will do much in furthering increased productive- 
ness of Chinese farming lands. Let us hope that even 
more care will be given to the spiritual development of 
'that nation. " Seek ye first the kingdom of God." 

The Moral Cost of War. 
Centuries ago Erasmus said: "War does more harm 
to the morals of men than even to their property and per- 
sons " A close scrutiny of the present war would seem 
to confirm that view. Brutality, rapine, theft, violence- 
all that is vicious and baleful.-may be noted in the 
columns of the daily press, as the record ,s given from 
day to day. The hate, created by the Franco-Prussian 
war, has lasted forty-five years, only to be replaced, it 
is feared, by a new hate, engendered by the present cat- 
aclysm. War today, as always, brings out the cruel, the 
vicious the mean, in men. It creates, encourages and 
lauds falsehood and deceit, and teaches that they are right. 
Under the military spirit, people openly sneer at virtue, 
for war in its most extreme interpretation, knows no 
right but might. Militarism is to be denounced most 
severely, perhaps, because it places the material gains, 
wrenched from the weaker nation by war above the 
ethical and spiritual possibilities of man. If war is t e 
equivalent of destruction, its worst result, undoubted!:, ,s 
its annihilation of all that is really best in man. then. 
o„. the present war points most eloquently to the fact 
that its hideous effects are by no means confined o the 
belligerents. Nations may be neutral, so far as participa- 
tion in the war is concerned, but they are sufferers in the 
e'°il effects nevertheless. When the first gun was fired 
in Austria's attack upon Servia, every land on the globe 
was affected thereby, more or less severely. When one 
nation suffers, every nation suffers with it. in loss of 
moral character as well as material welfare. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 


It Is Better. 

I belle 

i fetter 

Keep a smile on your lips; i 

To joyfully, hopefully try 
For the end you would gain. 

Your life with a moan and a sigh. 
There arc clouds in the firmament ever 

The beauty of heaven to mar, 
Yet night so profound there is never, 

But somewhere is shining a star. 
Keep a song in your heart; it will lighten 

The duty you hold in your hand; 
Its music will graciously brighten 

The work your high purpose has planned. 
Your notes to the lives that are saddened 

May make them to hopefully yearn, 
And earth shall be wondrously gladdened 

By songs they shall sing in return. 
Keep a task in your hands, you must labor; 

By toil is true happiness won; 
For foe and for friend and for neighbor, 

Rejoice, there is much to be done. 
Endeavor, by crowning life's duty 

With joy-giving song and with smile, 
To make the world fuller of beauty 

Because you were in it a while. 


The Lord's Portion. 


When Potiphar bought Joseph, he obtained pos- 
session of the entire man with all his talent and abili- 
ty. Joseph recognized the fact that the bargain in- 
cluded all this, for he served his master faithfully and 
efficiently, with all the talent he possessed. He did 
not reserve for himself, or for his own personal ben- 
efit, any of the fruits of his labor or the profits re- 
sulting from the use of his talent or his ability. 

He who is a servant of the Lord is not his own, 
but has been bought with a price, — a price far great- 
er than Potiphar paid for Joseph, for it was nothing 
less than the precious blood of Christ. Then, since 
the Lord has bought his disciple, or servant, the en- 
tire man is the Lord's portion, — the entire man, with 
all his strength, all his talent and all his ability. The 
truth of this doctrine is so plainly taught in the Scrip- 
tures that it is never questioned in theory, but the 
logical conclusions of it are not always accepted in 

The servant that belongs entirely to the Lord has 
no more right to reserve anything for himself than 
Joseph did when he belonged to Potiphar. He who 
claims that all, or a part of the things of the world, 
which he has acquired through his strength, skill or 
ingenuity, are his own, only shows that he does not 
fully comprehend the great truth that he has been 
bought, — body, mind and spirit, — and that whatever i 
he is and whatever he has belongs to the Lord. 

We sometimes hear it said that one day out of the 
seven belongs to the Lord, — as if all days had be- 
longed to us, and we, — rather grudgingly, perhaps, — 
gave him one day. As well might the little bird that 
first opens its eyes on a spring day, say, "All this beau- 
tiful world is mine, but I will let the sun have a little 
of it." Time and eternity belong to the Lord, for he 
inhabits eternity, and one day belongs to him as much 
as another. The first day of the week is called the 
Lord's Day, — not because it is his only day, but be- 
cause on this day we celebrate the resurrection of 
Jesus from the tomb. 

One day has been set apart as a special day of 
worship, and the other days have been allotted to us 
in which to do necessary work, so as to provide the 
things needful, and to labor so as to have to give to 
those who are in need. The command, " Six days 
shalt thou labor," is just as emphatic as the command 
to keep one day holy unto the Lord. Our necessary 
daily work is a God-service, as well as our going to 
the house of the Lord, and he will hold us accountable 
for the use we make of it, as well as for the way we 
spend the first day of the week. Any work is wrong 
on which we can not ask the Lord's blessing. 
Some are telling us that the tenth part of our in- 

come belongs to the Lord, and no Christian will dis- 
pute it. But to whom do the nine belong? The nine 
lepers owed their cleansing to the Lord just as much 
as the tenth, who returned to give thanks for the bless- 
ing received. The nine parts which some claim as 
their very own, belong to the Lord just as much as 
the tenth. The ten parts of the proceeds of Joseph's 
labor belonged to Potiphar just as much as the one 
part. If we claim nine parts as our own, we place 
ourselves on the level with Jacob, the usurper. 

All that we are, all that we have, all that we can 
acquire through our labor, belongs to the Lord, and 
we have no more right to spend nine parts in a way 
or for a purpose that is displeasing to him, than we 
have to so squander the one part. This makes it 
necessary that we practice close and strict economy 
in using the funds that belong to the Lord, even 
when spending them for purposes which he sanctions. 
Any wasting of his goods will meet the same con- 
demnation as was meted out to the steward in the 
parable, who for this cause was removed from the 

Christ and the apostles never taught that nine parts 
of the Christian's income belonged to himself, to do 
therewith as he pleased, nor yet that the tenth part 
should be put into the Lord's treasury, as they did 
under the Law of Moses. In this dispensation of 
Grace the command is to " give as the Lord hath pros- 
pered," — the most fair, just and equitable of all meth- 
ods of giving. He, whose heart is filled with the grace 
of God, will do no less than did the unenlightened 
Jews. If, in the past, God's people have been with- 
holding from the Lord that which was his, it has been 
because the New Testament plan of giving has not 
been sufficiently taught, and not because the Law of 
Moses has been overlooked. 

As a standard of giving to the work of the Lord, the 
tenth is as good as any, but any certain rule applied 
to all, is necessarily unfair and unjust. The widow 
who stands over the washtub, day after day, to earn 
a scanty income for the support of her helpless lit- 
tle ones, is bearing a burden too heavy for her 
strength. No better use could be made of some of 
the Lord's money than to help her support and bring 
up her children. Yet these same conscientious wid- 
ows are often most impressed by the teaching that 
they should give the tenth of their income into the 
Lord's fund. The widow who cast all her living into 
the temple treasury must have had no little children, 
for if she had, Jesus could not have commended her 
for causing helpless little ones to suffer cold and 

The strong man, who sits, well clothed, in a com- 
fortable room, and who fares sumptuously every day, 
counts over his generous income, which he receives 
from property inherited, or has accumulated in the 
past. He can give the tenth of it and still have abun- 
dance left to purchase all the luxuries he desires, — 
a new automobile and a farm every few years. He 
thinks he has done his part, and the balance is his 
own money, to use it as he pleases. This teaching 
has made him overlook the significant command to 
" give as the Lord hath prospered him." 

If we had the wisdom always to make the best use 
of the funds in the Lord's treasury, and wisely to 
teach that we, and all we have, belong to the Lord, 
there would be no need to go outside of -the New 
Testament to get ways and means to swell the Lord's 

Enid, Okla. 

Another Great Movement. 


The National Convention of the Intercollegiate 
Prohibition Association was held at Topeka, Kans., 
Dec. 29 to Jan. 1. This is an organized movement of 
all the colleges and universities in the United States, 
the purpose being to overthrow the liquor traffic. A 
large number of schools have not yet joined the move- 
ment, but so far a majority of the best institutions 
have fallen in line with this great moral issue. In 
each of the latter colleges there is a small organized 
band of students, around which a strong organization 
will be formed in the near future. The personnel of 

the convention indicates that this movement includes 
some of the best and most talented men in our col- 

The first program was the National Intercollegiate 
Oratorical Contest. There were seven orators in this 
contest. Each orator had won a Local Contest in his 
college, a State Contest, and an Interstate Contest. 
These seven were selected as the best from about 
twelve hundred orators. All orations were written 
on some phase of the prohibition question, and con- 
sequently a considerable amount of the best material 
was thus collected. These winning orations are 
printed in booklet form and scattered far and wide 
over the country. Thus it can be readily seen that a 
contest of this kind does not merely develop talent, 
but aids materially in moulding sentiment for the 
temperance cause. 

For three days this group of students sat at the 
feet of the best prohibition talent available. Prac- 
tically all phases of this question were discussed by 
men who spoke, with authority, — men from various 
occupations in life. The doctor, the lawyer, the busi- 
ness man, — all united with the minister of the Gospel 
to pronounce condemnation upon this nefarious busi- 
ness. If a cause can be judged by its supporters, the 
prohibition cause is a most noble one. 

The purpose of the organization is to educate col- 
lege men and women to do effectual work in the 
overthrow of the liquor traffic. To be more specific, 
the immediate aim is to establish prohibition classes 
in every college and university in the United States. 
By this means the student will be armed with in- 
struments by which he can easily meet every argu- 
ment of his opponent. 

The slogan of the organization is, " A dry nation 
in 1920." The fact that local option or even State- 
wide prohibition is not a final solution of this problem, 
is fully recognized. The leaders desire to stop with 
nothing short of national prohibition. To this end 
they are endeavoring to enlist ten thousand students, 
prepared to do efficient work in this line, who shall 
canvass every voter in the United States during the 
next few years. It is firmly believed that if the prop- 
osition is laid fairly and squarely before every voter, 
immediate victory is assured. 

This movement is cooperating harmoniously with 
all other leading temperance organizations. The lat- 
ter organizations were represented in these meetings 
by one or more speakers. However, it is the peculiar 
duty of this organization to reach students and in 
this it has a very fruitful field. The great majority 
of reform leaders come from college students. Evi- 
dently, to these ranks must the temperance cause 
go for men to carry her through to victory. At the 
close of one of the sessions the leader asked all dele- 
gates who were willing to consecrate their lives to the 
cause of national prohibition, to make a verbal mani- 
festation of this intention. About six hundred strong 
young men and women arose and said : " We will see 
this through to a finish." This alone is a most sig- 
nificant handwriting on the wall against the saloon, 
and gives us another assurance that the saloon must 
soon go. 

Parkville, Mo. 

Travel Notes in the Orient. 


Friday, Oct. 30, 1914, was a great day in Liao 
Chou. There was baptizing in the morning and a 
love feast in the evening. Six men were received into 
the fold. One of them is a teacher. In China teach- 
ers are looked up to by the people as being the wisest 
men in the community. This man has been helping 
the Brethren here in their study of the language, and 
by that means has read the Bible a great deal. Its 
truths got hold of him and, as he said, there was 
nothing else for him to do, to ease his conscience, but 
to act. He said he had no peace without the kingdom, 
and- longed for the day to come when he could be 

The process followed, in preparing applicants for 
admittance into the church, is simple and well adapted 
to the needs of the work here. They are enrolled in 
the " Inquirers' Class " and are taught regularly for 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 


several months. The course of instruction is laid out 
along the lines of what the Bible teaches along the 
various lines of Christian conduct, and the teaching 
is designed to prepare the applicants for intelligent 
acceptance of the doctrines of the Bible. This course 
of instruction may run over several months. 

The day was bright and sunny. A baptistry had 
been built in the yard, back of Bro. Blight's residence, 
and at about ten o'clock the chapel bell called all to the 
place of worship, where Bro. Bright read Matt. 18 
to the applicants and commented thereon. There was 
a goodly number of onlookers at the service. Each 
applicant was given an opportunity to declare his faith 
in the Lord Jesus, and was then led down into the 
pool and baptized. It was a beautiful, as well as a very 
impressive, service. The boys and girls of the two 
schools stood around the baptistry with their teach- 
ers. There are other inquirers who will likely be 
ready for baptism by the coming of springtime. 

These six make a very fine addition to the number 
of believers in Liao Chou. Great things are fore- 
shadowed in these events. It is not too much to hope 
that within a few years there shall grow out of these 
beginnings a great Christian organization in Liao 
Chou. The work is only in its infancy. There are build- 
ings to erect, plans to work out and, no doubt, a great 
many perplexing problems to dispose of. But the 
scaffolding for a building must be such as is needed 
for the particular building, and so it is here in the 
mission field.' The ultimate end of the work is to give 
the Chinese nation the knowledge of the Lord Christ, 
-the " gospel of grace " as Paul said-and the means 
used must be such as to bring about the desired end. 
The scaffolding must be suited to the building. The 
Brethren here are building well, and are looking ahead 
into the future, to the time when there shall be nun- 
dreds and even thousands coming into the fold. The 
Chinese people are much given to following the lead 
of their influential men, and such beginnings as are 
now being made speak great things for the future of 
the work here. ,,. . „ n 

The love feast in the evening was held in Bro. 
Bright's home. The chapel is not large enough nor 
is it arranged suitably for such a service. A good 
chapel is needed for the proper continuance of the 
work in Liao Chou. The present quarters are rented 
and are entirely too small to accommodate the crowd 
that attends services. At the regular Sunday services 
every available seat is occupied and besides tha, the 
seats are crowded together so closely as to be almost 
uncomfortable. A long table was put into Bro 
Bright's sitting-room, and around that the twelve 
Chinese brethren and the three Americans took their 
places There are no native sisters in the station, as 
yet and these present were only the Americans in 
Liao Chou at the time.-six in all. They occupied a 
room adjoining the other, with an open door between. 
It was a blessed occasion. The native brethren 
seemed to enter into the spirit of the service with 
depth of feeling. The idea that Jesus died for us ap- 
peals to the Chinese mode of thought. It was deeply 
satisfying to see them arise from supper lay aside 
the garment, gird themselves with a towe and then 
stoop to wash their brothers' feet. We -felt that the 
Lord was very near to us in the service. It is a great 
thing to feel and know that the native brethren really 
enter into the spirit of the service. 

The meal for the supper was a simple one com- 
posed of native bread, a native noodle dish, and meat. 
There were chop sticks provided for the native breth- 
ren but most of them preferred the use of spoon and 
fork. In their regular meals they never use anything 
except the chop sticks. It is amazing to see the skill 
with which they manipulate them. 

From Liao Chou we went across the mountains to 
Tai Ku where the Congregational church has a very 
strong work. We spent three days with them, very 
profitably indeed. Then a two days' stay was made 
in Tai Yuan Fu,. the capital of Shansi Province. 
Here the English Baptists have charge of the work 
This is the town where Brethren Crumpacker and 
Hilton and Sister Horning spent the first two years 
of their residence in China, in language study. 
Friday, Nov. 13, was another great day in Ping 

Ting Chou. That was the day set for the baptizing 
and for the love feast. Fifteen applicants were to be 
received into the fold, — one a school-girl, one an 
aged lady, some school-hoys, and some of mature age. 
Bro. Crumpacker had been holding a series of services 
with tlu- inquirers for several days, and the Spirit was 
doing his work with them, preparing their hearts for 
the service. Some of them were men from a village 
about sixteen miles distant. These came into Ping 
Ting and stayed with friends for the meetings. 

At about ten-thirty, that morning, all met in the 
dining room of the Boys' School for the examination 
service. God was very near to all. The baptistry was 
just outside and when all were ready, they were led, 
one by one. down into the watery grave, and buried 
with Christ in baptism. To ■ see those school-boys 
taking the stand for Christianity, dedicating their 
young lives to God, filled us all with joy unspeak- 


At about five in the afternoon all members met in 
the assembly room of the Boys' School for the prepa- 
ration service for the love feast. Bro. Bright con- 
ducted the service. A short recess followed ; then all 
met in the dining-room again, where the tables had 
been spread for the evening meal. The preparation 
of the meal had been under the direction of the na- 
tive brethren entirely, and it was well suited to the 
needs of the occasion. One end of the hall was cur- 
tained off for the women's use,— this separation being 
a necessity in China. There are some customs that 
must be observed. In the feet-washing service, one 
of the brethren of mature age. who had just been 
baptized, asked if he must take off both shoes or 
whether the washing of one foot might be enough. 
Services were held on Saturday and Sunday fol- 
lowing, and thus closed the most inspiring series ot 
services yet held in Ping Ting Chou. The last serv- 
ice—that on Sunday evening.— was made especially 
helpful for those who had just come into the fold. 

At this writing we are in Pekin, having a short 
visit with Brethren Vaniman and Flory and their 
families. These were all old friends of ours in the 
States. They are in the language school and are do- 
ing well in preparing themselves for the great work 
to which they have been called. On the way from 
Ping Ting to Pekin, Doctor and Mrs. Wampler joined 
us at Paotingfu, and spent a few days with us in 
Pekin. Bro. Crumpacker and wife also made the trip 
to Pekin at the same time. 

The war in Europe has necessitated considerable 
change in our travel plans. At present we expect to 
make our way to Europe via the Siberian railroad. 
God is blessing us with so many privileges that we 
can only praise him, and pray for wisdom to use all 
to his glory. 

Notes from Vyara, India. 

11Y 1. S. LONG. 

Winter is near at hand,— the time when we can 
best get about in the villages. For the people we 
came, and we are diligently trying to get our work 
in shape so as to be free to serve them. 

This fall there has been much fever, especially in 
these parts. Our teachers say that no one escapes 
fever this year. Some of our teachers, therefore, 
look much run down at this season. 

Death too,— that " last enemy to be destroyed, — 
has been in our midst and two of our very best 
women have been the victims. The first, the wife of 
our Fort Songhad worker, the mother of one child 
living, passed away Oct. 17. in Bombay, where she 
had gone for an operation. The second,-the mother 
of three small children,— our boarding-school head- 
mistress, passed away Nov. 17. Her death was quite 
unexpected and so sudden. It was a great shock to 
the community. , 

The husband of this latter sister is one of our lead- 
ing workers at Vyara, one on whom much responsibil- 
ity has been placed. He, unfortunately, has very poor 
natural vision. His wife, now gone, was reader, 
mother to his children, housekeeper, etc. and he is 
naturally quite broken-hearted over her loss. And 
his loss is that of the mission, for. truly, she was a 
valuable worker and will be much missed. 

During times of sickness our children want to go 
home, and the parents want them to come home, too, 
although we can and do care for them here much 
better than their home folks. Recently one of our 
best little girls became very sick. The doctor was 
called for her, and she was in good, kind hands here ; 
yet, even when quite sick, she was taken home by her 
parents, where, two days later, she died. At this, 
some of the village people,— the parents especially, — 
became very wrathful against the mission and not 
only determined not to have any more children come 
to our boarding-school, but also resolved to have the 
house of our mission teacher, near by, torn down and 
removed. At this writing the temper of the village 
people is a bit better, and we trust that they will soon 
be entirely reconciled. 

Because of this one death, and other superstition, 
our Girls' School fares illy, the number of girls 
present varying greatly at different times. At present 
half the girls are at home. Many boys, too, are away, 
but we can confidently look for their return. We 
wish 'we were able to hold them better, for our suc- 
cess in teaching them, in making true men and women 
of them, depends largely on their being with us. 
Nevertheless, we are not discouraged, — we dare not 
be,— for the future of our dull, yet numerous, vil- 
lage Christians depends very much on what their chil- 
dren are developed into, by their instruction in a good 
mission school. 

You at home, in a very enlightened country, can 
scarcely imagine the poverty of thought, the dull- 
ness, of wholly untaught races such as we here have 
to deal with. And yet we must everlastingly be after 
them, urging them to live up to their promises, to 
quit drinking, to cease the worship of idols, belief in 
witches, etc., and to take a little time daily for Spirit- 
filled worship of the one true God. Pray for our vil- 
lage teachers, on whom wc depend to do most of this 
teaching, that they may have zeal according to the 
knowledge of God. Then, too, we pray for the dull, 
indifferent village Christian, that he may have a de- 
sire to be taught in eternal things. 

Work in our small fields and gardens has been go- 
ing very well. The rice crop was very good. Cotton, 
on being drowned by the rains, was not replanted, for 
Government officials all over India, I take it, have 
urged, and successfully, too, that the people sow 
grains of all kinds. The war has stagnated the cotton 
market. On our return from South India, recently, 
I noticed all along the way, beautiful fields of jewar, 
bajri, gram, rice, etc— foodstuffs in general,— with 
but a rare cotton field here and there. How dif- 
ferent from the ordinary, for cotton has become a 
very productive India crop I 

Even though the States must necessarily suffer in 
the world-wide stagnation, we are profoundly grate- 
ful that our home country is not a partner to the 
awful carnage raging in Europe. We believe Ameri- 
ca will increasingly glorify herself in the esteem of 
the world as she continues a peaceful policy,— 
" Friendship with all, entangling alliances with none." 
—and will therefore command a respect that reaches 
the hearts of the nations as she could not if she un- 
dertook to force respect at the point of the bayonet. 

An Open Bible and the Whole House of 


Did Abraham live in the days of Noah? In that 
able work by Bro. J. S. Secrist, " Creation, Time, and 
Eternity," page eighty-four, the reader will find a 
clearly-arranged table of ages of early people, show- 
ing that Noah lived sixty-five years into Abraham s 
time, and that Shem lived all the days of Abraham, 
and thirty-five years longer. How easily the spoken 
will of God was transmitted from one person to the 
other! There were no printing presses, but there was 
longevity. . 

After the judgment of the flood, the generations of 
Noah's sons were divided into seventy nations (Gen. 
10 32) which were a unit in language and in purpose, 
to climb up into heaven their way. Man's way was by 
brick and mortar of their own workmanship. Here, 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 

as ever since, and before, man's way up was God's 
way of rejection. 

For this way of man up, God sent the judgment 
of confusion of tongues, and ever since confusion 
has been the leading characteristic of man's tongue. 
Can we truthfully say that man's way of getting into 
heaven is yet any better than it was at the building of 
the Tower of Babel ? 

The age was noted for its great constructive abili- 
ties. Its civilization was at the top. Its governments 
were exceedingly strong. Gold typified its strength, 
value, and splendor. Nebuchadnezzar, as the antitype 

note the arrival of the logs in the various harbors, the 
ocean currents were ascertained as they could, have 
been in no other way, and the wrecked raft became 
a success in the interest of world-wide navigation. 

So, when Israel was wrecked nationally, and was 
dispersed over the globe,— apparently a failure- 
greater and better things came from their fall, and 
success will crown them at last. 

At Sinai the people of Israel made a rash promise, 

when they said: "All that thou hast spoken we will 

do" (Ex. 19: 8). How could they do all? In a 

very brief time they began spoiling this promise! 

f the Golden head, stood as the first of four great They soon spoiled their promise by calf worship. But 

1 pires. Its history appears among those of wa s God defeated? Nay. verily! 

. the first rank. Isaiah saw its grandeurs and great- 
ness in some of his visions. Ezekiel portrays it by 

visions of " beasts," which figure was not used as 

to Israel. Israel was prefigured by man. 

Out of the four Gentile world-empires, God called 

Abraham, the faith-man. Through these four Gentile 

world-powers lived not only Abraham, but, included 

in the long range, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, national Israel 

and dispersed Israel, until Jesus, who was not only 

crucified by the Jews, but who has been disbelieved 

and despised ever since by Jewish rulers, will come 

and clean up this old earth completely, so that man 

can inhabit it and enjoy it to the full, as did Adam, 

in his age of innocency. 

How much has man, how much will man, con- 
tribute toward getting this earth and its people ready 

for that pure enjoyment? True, he is taking much 

credit for getting it ready for Jesus' occupancy ! Of 

the enemies of God, the Holy Spirit said: " For there 

is no faithfulness in 'their mouth ; their inward part 

is wickedness, their throat is an open sepulchre " 

(Psa. 5:9). And in this open sepulchre most of 

their vaporings have been buried. Through Paul the 

Holy Spirit repeated this of the whole world (Rom. 

3:13). " All under sin." " None righteous." How 

can unrighteousness contribute to righteousness, — 

to make humanity "good" for Christ to enjoy? 

Lifting Abraham to his bosom, Jehovah started man 
under grace and into faith. Because man failed to 
walk thereunder and therein, God " added " the Law 

(Gal. 3: 19). Did this addition, because of trans- 
gression, make man conscious of much sin? It be- 
came the schoolmaster to bring believers to Christ. 
It had a good mission. 

Testing Abraham, trying Isaac, Jehovah moved on 
to his third base, — to secure his principles through 
Jacob, who was first bathed in " passive faith " ; then 
restless faith was his attribute peculiarly. The twelve 
sons next were tested as to national foundation, and 
after four hundred years of fiber-making, that people, 
prepared for God as his depository of Truth and the 
coming Messiah, were led into the land of Canaan. 
Here, being tested, they were found inadequate for 
a permanent kingdom. Did they keep' pure the " Or- 
acles of God?" Did they keep the law of separation 
as to their neighbors? Did they operate the Lord's 
principles of government as they could have done? 
Did they keep pure God's things? Or did they spoil 
first one thing, then another, until all the little spoil- 
ings were summed up into one great rejection of 
their Messiah? Personally and nationally, was the 
multitude a success? Was the system of government 
and worship, delivered by the power of Moses, kept 
pure by Israel? Nay, verily. It ended in the dis- 
persion of the Ten Tribes or Kingdom of Israel, 
w r hose members are yet to be gathered out of obscuri- 
ty. It ended in two dispersions of Judah or the Jews. 
What is back of the judgment of three dispersions? 
First of all, unbelief. This was followed by many 
other sins, — lack of trust, false teachings, false busi- 
ness, false hopes, and false philosophies. All these —his holy Body (Eph. 1 : 22, 23). Viewing the age 
resulted in idolatry and in swift judgment. The age of Law from God's viewpoint, there was no failure, 
closed in disaster to the two nations, as foreseen by no spoiling, for God does not spoil his own. It was 

only what he committed to man, — government of the 

The period of Judges was marked by seven failures 
and seven recoveries. Sins and more sins ate into 
their national fiber. As often as they failed by their 
spoiling of God's good things, just so often God dis- 
ciplined them by chastisements, and set them on foot, 
again. Still God was not defeated. With a single 
eye to " bring all the families in heaven and on the 
earth into one through Jesus Christ," our Lord moved 
onward, upward (Eph. 1: 10). 

In passing from a republican form of government 
to a one-man rule of their own choosing, doubtless 
their philosophers counted it " a great reformation," 
but as man had selected " a king of stature," the out- 
come was not on the plane of sure success. The peo- 
ple's choice was a failure. It is a splendid object- 
lesson of the futility of man's way. 

The next kingly selection was by Jehovah, and he 
was counted " after God's heart." He prepared ma- 
terial for temple construction, and the nation rose to 
greatness. The third ruler was God's choice, and the 
temple assumed its rightful place. Before Solomon's 
death, he began to spoil God's things ! 

At Solomon's death the kingdom was divided. 
Israel, or the Northern Kingdom, immediately ac- 
cepted " mixed -worship!' — partly good and partly evil, 
which is a type of the tendency of this age, — to get 
some good out of nearly all of man's things. In 
250 years the judgment of dispersion came upon Is- 
rael, or the Ten Tribes, and where are they? 

In about 400 years after Solomon's time, Judah 
earned the judgment of captivity, — deprivation of 
national existence under a king, and was chastised in 
Babylon, — a Gentile government of great strength. 
Judah, chastised never so since, has been a govern- 
ment ruled by her own king. She spoiled the kingly 
business as well as the worshiping calling. 

After about 400 years more testing, Judah, or the 
Jews, spoiled their trust by killing the Heir, — the 
Lord Christ, — and, like Israel, went into the judg- 
ment of dispersion, where she is yet without a temple, 
without an ephod, without an ark or oracle. Killing 
the Son of God was a most fearful experience to the 
Jews, but God has given to them great assurances 
through that same He: 
still reject as a nation, 
brass " to their petitions. 

Is all this spoiling by man a failure? Verily not. 
The age evidently ended in apostasy, but by this 
very judicial blindness of Israel, salvation came to 
the Gentiles (Rom. 11: 11). 

But let the Gentile world be warned: ," If the cast- 
ing of them [Israel], be the reconciling of'the world, 
what shall the receiving of them [Israel]- be, but life 
from the dead ? " Please " be not wise in your own 
conceits," you Gentiles. "Blindness in part is hap- 
pened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be 
come in" (Rom. 11: 25), 

The fullness of the Gentiles ends in the calling 
out, during the church age, of a people for his name, 

rection, and all that Jesus was elected to perform for 
man, is a mighty success. None of Christ's things 
can be spoiled. -Man may abuse their meanings, but 
not their power-. 

Wonderful was the dispensation of Law, as re- 
vealing God's justice, mercy and love. Much there 
was, to bring rejoicing to human kind. The ~age 
produced a Savior, the long-promised King. Apos- 
tasy, as in other dispensations, was its notable feature 
from man's side. It was fearfully spoiled, but it will 
return gloriously for God's remnant, Israel. Israel 
shall yet be Jehovah's bride (Hos. 1), as the church 
shall be Christ's bride. Glory to God in the highest, 
peace and good will to men shall yet find place in 
all the earth! 

Tropica, Cal. 

or Messiah, whom they 
iven the " heavens are as 

Moses (Deut. 28). 

But was the age a failure ? It is one thing to end 
in disaster and another in failure. When that mighty 
raft of logs on the St. Lawrence River went to pieces, 
it was a failure as a financial undertaking, but when 
the Hydrographic Bureau in Washington asked the 

people and a righteously-declared system of temple 
worship, that man spoiled. Divine principles went on 
higher, to center in a holy Christ, a true Deliverer 
for both Jew and Gentile. 

From this viewpoint, Christ's reconciliation, 

Texts That Have Helped Me. 


Some years ago, when doing mission work in one of 
our large cities, it was a common occurrence to be 
wakened, in the early hours of Sunday morning, by 
young people going home from their Saturday night 
parties. We sometimes would look out of the win- 
dow to see. There were boys and girls, arm in arm, 
staggering along on the street. They were loud and 
boisterous, being " drunk with wine." It was a sad pic- 
ture, and it was Only by dwelling on a more beautiful 
picture that we could again fall asleep. . Many times 
were we comforted by these words: " Thou wilt keep 
him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee " 
(Isa. 26: 3). What a precious promise to God's chil- 
dren ! If we are Christ's, he can and will create ," per- 
fect peace " within our mind, whatever the conditions 
may be around us. ■ The child of God need never be- 
come discouraged. 

In short, is not discouragement the work of the 
evil one ? Some one has said that the devil would just 
as soon get us through discouragement as in any other 
way. If this be true, we had better " watch and pray." 
Even Paul was told, at one time, to "be of good 
cheer," and at another time it is said that " he thanked 
God and took courage:" 

What a cpmfort, at this time of war and bloodshed, 
to know that the church's peace does not depend on 
the state of the world 1 For " thou wilt keep him in 
perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee." 

A little farther on in Isaiah the Holy Spirit gives 
this precious promise : " In quietness and confidence 
shall be your strength" (Isa. 30: 15). This was'spoken 
to God's people in days of trouble,- when they looked 
to Egypt for help. The latter. was strictly forbidden, 
but man forgets, and will have his own way. It is 
good for us to remember these Divine messages. They 
comfort us in the day of the world's distress. Yes, 
the world may be distressed, but God's people may rest 
in quietness and confidence. Let us, however, be much . 
on our knees, praying that the nations at war may 
repent, and lay down the sword 1 Let us pray for the 

af innocent i 

suit of war. 

I like the assurance ir 
not; for I am with 'thee 
thy God : I will strength! 

vho : 

.hi, r 

tsa. 41 : 10, 13, " Fear thou 
be not dismayed ; for I am 
thee ; yea, I will help thee ; 
yea, I will uphold thee with the right band of my right- 
eousness. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right 
hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee." 
God, with his right hand, takes hold of our right hand, 
and leads us by the way. What a precious promise ! 
The right hand is the symbol of strength. Let us 

United States consuls ir. every port on the globe to demption, propitiation, salvation, glorification, resur 

store up these precious texts in our memory, a 
sense they will, in times of need, speak mess 
_comfort to us. Yes, let us memorize these 
words! , Let us hide them in,our hearts! 
Virden, III 

ndm a 
ages of 


The Roll Call of 1914. 


The grim reaper, whose name is Death, called 
fifty-six of our ministers from time to eternity dur- 
ing 1914. A number of them were prominent elders, 
and widely known in the Church of the Brethren. 
Those whose names, in the list below, are preceded by 

1*1 served once or more on the Standing Com- be long remembered. Eld. Stahl baptized 1,200 per- might be permissible for children to play with bright 

a sta l, I, ^^ ^.^ ^.^ ^^^ always pleading for the return colors and peculiar adornment, but it certainly is the 

mittee o on ere ^ ^ ^^ ^ ^ wanderers. He will also be missed as a writer, opposite of good taste and manners for grown folks 

Samuel Haldeman, Reedley, Cal 93 M an y fine articles from his pen appeared in the Mes- to resort to such amusement. 

Emmanuel Hershey, Gettysburg, Oluo - senger. Prominent members of the church were members 

'Tobias Myers, Berhft Pa., ...... ... ^ j.^ ^ xj ewton £U eri f Virginia,' was a useful of the order and it was necessary for the pastor to 

~i " l . s d'hiker Mont Ma Kans., 87 church worker. He was called to the home beyond give them due attention. In the opening and closing 

Levi Garber, Mt. Sidney, Va 86 i n the prime of life. prayers the lodge was alluded to. In the sermon it 

♦John Smith, Tratwood, Ohio 86 Ei d . j Q. Denton, also of Virginia, is gratefully was mentioned as a benevolent institution. To a dis- 

lames Workman. Danville. Ohio, remembered for his labors of love. interested observer it would have seemed that this 

Samuel Montis Frcdencktown no. ... • .. riders Edmund Book and Henry Beelman, of group of men, decorated in red and white, were a 

Samuel Petry, 1'ott Repubhc, Va eo _ ' . , ° ' _ . , . ,, ,,, 

»Fd mid Book Blain, Pa., 82 Southern Pennsylvania, were active elders in their special caste, enjoying special privileges. Women, 

laeob Harnish, Laton, Cal 82 prime. They gave to the church many years of faith- old and young, were standing on all sides, while these 

John C. Demy, Astoria, III 81 f u ] service. able-bodied men were enjoying the luxury of a seat. 

Christian Lapp, Farnam, Nebr 81 g^ j onat | lan Hoover, of Ohio, died while preach- The church, as an organization, did not receive as 

D. M. Rittenhouse. Alvordton, Ohio, 81 attention in the exercises as the lodge, though 

\mos Moorn aw Prairie I ity Iowa 80 "'s- ° ° 

*"n ' 1 HI 1 brand ConemauU, Pa 78 Eld. Peter Brower, of Southern Iowa, was a strong the deceased had been a member of the church for 

*john H. Miller, Goshen, Ind„ 76 pillar in the church. His departure caused many several' years. 

•Daniel Snell, Sidney, Ind 75 tears W | Jy a |[ th j s f uss Qn t j le part Q j tne order , A short 

•Henry Beelman, Dillsburg, Pa.. . ._. 74 Ew Samuel Fk|ry| of Iowa| was widely known in answe r to the question would be simply this : " It gave 

Francis C Renner, New Midway, » ^ the West. Many of our readers well remember him. , he bereaved family the astonishingly large sum of 

Wru'lvl Hire! Defamed Ohio, . ' . ..'. '. . '.'.'. '■'.'. ■■■ '■'■'■ -73 Eld. Jesse Studebaker, of Kansas, was the last eld- ft[tv dollars." I suppose some would have called it " a 

Andrew P. Peterson, Weiser, Idaho 73' e r of the 1874 Standing Committee to pass away. fifty dollar par ade." Certain members of the order 

Hillery Crouthamel, Line Lexington, Pa 72 E jjj_ L evi Garber was widely known in the Shen- did some energetic talking of how they would care 

*D. B. Arnold. Oakland, Md 71 andoah Valley, Virginia, where he labored for many f or tn j s un f rtunate young man after -he met with 

S. H. Baker, Aug " S g^ ls " Center ' ' Iow ' a " " " ' " 71 years. He traveled thousands of miles on horseback, ,| le acc ident, pay all the doctor bills, etc. Of course, 

Cornehus^' re^criL.^^run^ y^ n , . ^ making many trips. After a long and useful life he there are boasters in all organizations. Shortly before 

Jacob Heistand, Walkerton, Ind 71 left these earthly scenes for the home beyond. the funeral an official of the lodge was carrying a 

John S. Kauffman, Nappanee, Ind., 70 j t ; s a so i ernn fact that the messenger of death subscription paper about the town, collecting money 

W. A. Rose, Palisade, Colo, 70 ^^ sQme q{ Qur m ; msters t o eternity every year, f rom a ll who wished to help the bereaved family in 

Noah H. Shutt, Howe, Iml, ^ an(1 jgjj W ; U be n0 exccpt ion. The fifty-six minis- tne ; r woe f u l plight. I said to him, "I thought that 

*n"'sa»' e^Scalp Level, Pa., . . .... ■ ........■■■'■ '■ -® ters who were called to their long home last year, the i odge intended to take care of the family." " Oh," 

Franklin 1 Myers,'' Lanark, 111., .' 67 w iU be greatly missed. Their vacant seats remind us i le answ ered, " the lodge is giving them fifty dollars." 

•T. C. Denton, Daleville, Va, 65 that they are no more, but we shall meet again on -phe expenses are said to have been over two hundred. 

Addison Dove. Nokesville, Va 65 ^ g j den s i 10re f the land beyond the stars. Dividing fifty by the number of members in the lodge, 

•Peter Brower, South English, Iowa, . . '[[[ 6i .. Goo d night , be l ovc d, sleep and take your rest, I found that each member of the lodge would actually 

• I^AW r Omaha Nebr .'......■■■ 63 Lie down in peace upon the Savior's breast; pay less than many who contributed to the general 

•DC FloVy^Statrnton Va, '..V... ••••60 We loved thee well, but Jesus loved thee best, collection, though not members. Now you see the 

Jonathan Hoover, West Milton, Ohio 60 Good night, good night, good night." amusing part of the affair, if one can use that word 

David Smith, Manchester, Md 59 Elizabcthtown, Pa. concerning such an occasion. There were those stand- 
Herman A. Stahl, Glade, Pa —»- - m ^ - m t j le au dience, or perhaps not present, who had 

•David Diffing, MmUi«|Ho, Ind -^ ^^ p^ .j,^ p^^^ a gr( , ater reason| sn far as the size „f t l, eir CO ntribu- 

Theodore pTice Astoria! 'l 11, '.' . '. '• ' & by h. m. fogelsonger. lion was concerned, to parade themselves before the 

D. W. Gustm Lapel Ind, f g funeral| ^ other day> ; „ public than the lodge members „ lodge members 

*D. Newton Filer, Daleville, Va "' •= t „j •„ .u. „. r »mnn!p« Near y every order makes the claim Ihat >t is doing a 

I. D. Mishler, South Whitley, Ind which a secret order parfc.pated m the eeremon es Y y 

Charles M. Brown. Winchester Va I have been thinking over the affair frequently but work that t e J 

M. M. Bollinger, Vestaburg, Mich 37 because I had never attended such a funeral be- "- r '*■ „ mm ™ 

C H. Williams, Dillons Mill, Va fore j ^ f tl seen more e , abo rate ceremo- '"at they do no more than what the spnt of common 

Walter Wilkins, Middleton, Mich f f °l ' This particular order happened to be a new -se and neighborhness should prompt persons to do 

Truest Tones Avery, Mo £ ' 1 , , , it .. *t.-:- e.~«t- in almost every community. It a man on a salary 

^Bro Samuel Haldeman, of California.-the oldest org-anizat,on for the town, and this was the.r first wishes to pro ^ t hjs fan -,,, after his d^tb.^hould it 

minister who died in 1914,-served in that office six- funer . ^ ^ ^ ^ major _ ha "« g 'Maid by in the 

ty-seven years. sea S , s reserved whkh was ra , h er unusual. bank,-he can do so n a legitimate and bus-Mad*. 

Bro. Ernest Jones, of Missoun, was the youngest '^J^ ^ space M packed t0 the , irait of the way without the useless expense connected with a 

^TZS^^^^Z,s also a <^™^™Jr£X££ '^'^ery order there are members who have not 

youn™' 1 when the ange, of death called him to the ^^STS^S IZ^Zr Joined because of the financial benefits in case of sick- 

^^ Dilling, of Middle Indiana, was the P^ on one side of the church with becoming rever- "ess „, ^ ^^ 

first minister to die in 1914. He was an elder, ence. It v.a a sad I « a nurse when such hdp „ . Th n t0 

and will be greatly missed. y "f "' *. ' "f Zl 1\ were left alone «cu« political support or, if they are ,n bnsmess. 

Ell D B Arnold was widely known throughout suddenly. A wife and little pri were ^ ., ^ ^ ^^ You ^ find tha , near , y 

the B'rotherhood. The First District of West Vir- ^ were tea .■«« . ^ every persiste t office-seeker is a member of oneo r 

ginia realizes very keenly that a p.Har of the church ^^^ _ f urn the oth sid of n™. secret ^^^^S^ £ 

Eld hn H Miller, of Indiana, was known by .be room. Down the aisle marched an ass—o -at ^^ ^ ^ ^ ^ 

many or our people. He spent many years in the men wearing ^ «« ^ * ^ -ructive classes and cliques are formed for selfish 

evangelistic field, laboring most acceptably. ofrn cals w e fin X P~^ ZZnLr misman- interests. They reach outside their membership .also 

l A I In with the COmm ° n h " 1 P I, , T In their particular church they will talk one way, 

"SSS* of Eastern Maryland, was the %?£$£& ^ "£££££ ~* - aVdge member they will talk in another 

second elder of the 1908 Standing Committee to pass order, built of beautiful nower.. manner. In this democratic country, and at this stage 

his .reward (Hd. James Murray, of Ohio, was the thus far emphasized the prominence of the lodge more ^ ^ , f ^^ (here ^ f „ 

' , k than anything else. nroanization whether it be a fraternal order or 

Eld D C Flory of Virginia, was the third elder I do not wish to te "-u^erstood. I an .not con ny J .^ ^ ^ ^ ^.^ 

;S=St^-r,^,S SZSZxSxSz "^::r^r d ~"" 

Committee, to exchange time for eternity. Eld. Flory matter, un. ew. themselves and to their ~~ 

was an efficient evangelist. Diligent in the work of hey are doing a good turn o h m ^ ^ ^^ ^^ 

the Master, he labored earnestly at all times, and arm. y They ^ di X?Jurpo es and enlighten- saved by his own works, lest he should boast It s 


" Be Courteous." 


Do you know thai these two words form a Hiblica 
command ? Do you know that in them a gospel prin- 
ciple is couched? See 1 Peter 3: 8 for proof of this. 
Webster gives, as a definition of courtesy, " Polite- 
ness of manners." 

Quite recently I was very favorably impressed with 
an example of this grace Or accomplishment, as shown 
by a man who was a stranger to me. 

While I was in a substation of our city postofflcc. 
two well-dressed gentlemen entered the building; The 
one held in his hand an envelope, from which he drew 
some papers which, to me, had the appearance of 
blank forms of some kind. A number of other per- 
sons were right then taking their turn at the window, 
buying stamps, much to the apparent impatience of 
the postmistress within. 

After these stamp patrons had gone out, the gentle- 
man with papers in hand stepped to the window. It 
was then that the patience of the postmistress was, 
seemingly, about exhausted, for with flushed face she 
said to the gentleman in a quick, harsh and peremp- 
tory tone, " I can't wait on you now. Come in later. 
I have other work here (looking around) that needs 
my attention and must be done." 

The gentleman,— for so he proved to be, notwith- 
standing the surly reply of the postmistress,— politely 
bowed, and with a smile said, calmly and kindly, 
" Thank you." Then, after a short pause, he further 
said. " Will you please tell me just when the United 
States Government will be at leisure to do business 
with me? " 

I thought; What a timely, sharp rebuke! How 
wisely and courteously administered ! 

The lesson, too, went straight home to her, and she 
promptly changed her demeanor. Without delay the 
" Government," as represented by her, was busy at the 
window, doing business with the gentleman, attend- 
ing to matters, with the utmost painstaking and polite- 

Standing there, 1 reflected, " Who knows but that 
the gentleman, exhibiting the marked politeness of 
manners, may have been a Government detective on 
a tour of inspection? Might not her discourtesy to- 
ward him have meant the forfeiture of her position? 
It may still be the penalty." 

It pays to be courteous. It is right. The observance 
of this practice, in both civil and religious life, is at- 
tended by incalculably beneficent results. In this in- 
stance the commendable attitude of the man toward 
the woman amply verifies the inspired words, "A 
soft answer turnetb away wrath" (Prov 15- 1) 
io;o Falls Road, Baltimore, Md 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-January 30, 1915. 

Time's calendar says that each one of us has just 
completed a volume in the Book of Life. Does it 
make better reading than the one of last year? Will 
next year's tell of more faith, more hope, more char- 
ity ! Is the writing clean-cut or has sin left its stains ? 
Is it a story of joy and success, or is it one of sadness 
and failure? Would we care to have all the world 
read every word of it? Are we satisfied with the 

Each volume should be better than the one before. 
Let Jesus Christ help in writing the next one ! Prayer 
will give a steady hand; it will avoid many of the 
scrawls of sin. More of the fire of faith will make 
(he pages cieaner and brighter, and with the Master 
as the daily proof-reader, the volume will surely be 
one that records noble deeds done, beautiful thoughts 
conceived, and kind words uttered. 
1316 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago. 

Then fhe most attractive thing here below is a life 
that has been cleansed from sin, and wholly given up 
to the Lord— one who is living in unselfish service 
for others, and is giving forth the message of sal- 
vation to a lost world. 

Union, Ohio. 

Are You a False Witness? 


A witness is one who sees things, and then tells 
what he sees. Have you seen Jesus? Did you notice 
the calm, the poise, the gentleness, the fire, the pur- 
pose, the endurance, in that perfectly-chiseled and 
health-tinted face? Did you hear the words of balm, 
of friendship, of counsel, of courtesy, of joy, from 
those mobile red lips? Have you followed the trail 
of his daily walks, up into the mountain, along the 
fishermen's beach; into the widow's cot, over Samari- 
tan roads? And have you seen him look you straight 
in the eye and say, " You are my witness " ? 

Stand off and look at yourself. Are you a faithful 
reflection, or is the mirror cracked and cloudy? Does 
it show wrinkles of impatience, flare-up of temper, 
the crisp rebuke, the insincere compliment, the sly 
remark behind the back, the cool assertion, with un- 
smiling emphasis, " This is my property," the straight 
commercial lines of driving business, the indifferent 
silence when misfortune cries, the sharp tone of au- 
thority in the home, the complacent satisfaction of an 
untouched bank account or an improved quarter sec- 
tion for each of the children, while an unlucky tenant 
is losing sleep because he can not pay your rent? 

If— after all your association with the splendid 
character 'of Jesus Christ— if this is what yon re- 
flect, alas for the mirror ! You are a false witness ! 
What will Jesus say when he comes in to sup with 
you tonight? 
Elgin, III. 

Common Things. 


The divinest thing in life is to live sweetly, patient- 
ly, unselfishly, obediently, year after year, in plain 
and holy things. One of the chief dangers of life 
is in trusting occasion^. We are prone to think 
striking experiences and conspicuous events have most 
to do with our characters. This is not the case 
Wearisome paths, everyday clothes, monotonous 
hours tell the real story of life. The vision may be 
seen at the mountain tops, but the test and triumph of 
life is at the foot of the mountain. 

" The workshop of character is in everyday life " 
The battle of life is won or lost in the uneventful and 
commonplace hour. Let us cherish new experiences 
and glowing truths and then bring them down on 
the level path of everyday life, making them stand and 
walk and do. 
343 S. Trumbull Avenue, Chicago. 

Sunday-School Lesson for Feb. 7, 1915. 

Subject.— Ruth Chooses the True God— Ruth 1 

Golden Text.— Thy people shall be my people, and thy 
God my God.— Ruth 1: 16. 

Time.— Probably B. C. 1300. 

Place.— The land of Moab, and the region westward to 
Canaan, and Bethlehem. 


" I Wills " and " He Shalls." 

For Sunday Evening, February 7, 1915. 

I. Resolve.— (1) I will pray. Psa,. 121: 1. (2) I wi u 
trust. Isa. 12: 2. (3) I will praise. Psa. 34: 1. (4) I 
will take. Psa. 116: 13. (5) I will go. Psa. 71: 16. (6) 
I will pay. Psa. 116: 14. (7) I will hope. Psa. 71- 14 

II. Reward — (1) He shall deliver. Psa 91- 3 (21 He 

S a! !, CO L e :'„ FSa - 91:4 ' (3) Hc sha " «"*■ Psa- 91:11; 
37: 4. (4) He shall bring. Psa. 37: 5, 6. (5) He shall 
teach. John 14: 26. (6) He shall direct. Prov 3- 6 (7) 
He shall guide. John 16: 13. 


What Is Beautiful? 

The Book of Life. 


There are books and books,— old books and new 
books. Truly, the words of the wise man of old are 
quite applicable to these times of presses and printers: 
Ui making many books there is no end " The old 
est book in the world is still being published.-the 
Book of Life. Its author is God. its publisher is 
every man and every woman, its pages are days its 
chapters are the months, its volumes are the years 

Loaned to us at our birth, its pages are wdiite and 
lair where each good deed is an ornament, each bad 
deed a blot. With covers worn, the pages tattered 
and torn, the last chapter is written, and the book is 
returned to its Author, who transcribes it into the 
great "Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the 
foundation of the world.' and from this book the dead 
shall be judged according to their works 

The Book of Life is known and read of all men. // 
is the only Bible thai most unsaved souls read Oth- 
ers who believe in us may also copy our records into 
their books. I met one of my college mates, not long 
ago. He surprised me by saying that I had exerted 
a great influence over his life. I was entirely un- 
conscious that he was " copying." 


We live ill a beautiful world. We have a delight- 
ful dwelling-place. God is very kind to make it so. 
AH about us are many wonderful objects, and some 
of the most common and everyday things we see, 
have a beauty that we do not always appreciate. If 
this world of ours has so many things of grandeur, 
what must the world beyond be ? 

If we were to inquire of a dozen or twenty in- 
dividuals which, to them, seemed to be the most beau- 
tiful thing on earth.-there would likely be as many 
different answers. Perhaps one would say that a 
child, in its innocence, seemed to him the most beau- 
tiful. Another would say that the flowers, in their 
beauty and fragrance, or a master-piece of' statuary, 
or a bit of scenery is the most beautiful. The psalm- 
ist David spoke of the handiwork of God in the heav- 
ens as declaring something that is glorious and beau- 
tiful to behold. He also answered it nearer right 
than any one else. What can be a lovelier sight than 
the works of God in the heavens above us? 

But whatever our thoughts concerning beauty may 
be they do not harmonize with God's thoughts' 
W hile he has done his best, in making all that he has 
made m tins world perfect, yet there is something that 
is more beautiful to our Heavenly Father. Through 
the prophet he says, " How beautiful upon the moun- 
tains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings 
that pubhsheth peace, that bringeth good tidings of 
good, that pubhsheth salvation, that saith unto Zion 
Thy God reigneth 1 " 

Christ's Ministry to the Multitude, and Ours. 

Matt. 15: 32; Study Verses 29-38. 
For Week Beginning February 7, 1915. 
1. Our Ministry of Friendliness.— A friendly hand on 
the shoulder of John B. Gough made a man of him, and 
put sunshine into thousands of homes. Truly has it been 
said that " if we don't take joy to heaven with us, we will 
not find it there." It doesn't take many notes to make a 
melody, and yet but few. of us sing Heaven's songs of 
joy and gladness, as expressed in loving deeds to others 
(Prov. 17: 9; 18: 24; 27: 17, 18; Feci. 4: 9, 10; Amos 3: 3). 

2. Our Ministry of Sharing Burdens.— " She always 
made things easier," was the tribute given to a quiet 
woman, scarcely known outside of the four walls of her 
household, but who left' an aching void when she passed 
on into the larger life. Her motto was this: "What do we 
live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for one an- 
other?" Such a spirit should characterize every thought 
we think, every word we speak, every act we do (Acts 
20: 35; Rom. 14: 1, 4, 10, 13; 15: 1-3). 

3. Our Ministry of Christlike Sympathy.— How the ten- 
der ministration of sympathy breaks down all the bar- 
riers of self-interest, until we arrive at that blessed state 
m which we fully understand and trust each other, and 
labor for the mutual good of one another! Then every- 
thing will be transformed into a loving service.-delight- 
ful because our heart's best devotion inspires every act 
(1 John 3: 14; John 15: 12; 1 Cor. 1: 10; Gal. 6: 2, 10). 

4. Our Ministry of Abounding Solicitude.— Christianity 
shines never more brightly than in its manifestations of 
compassion for the sorrows and needs of humanity. Ask 
paganism at its best, in the golden days of civilized 
Greece and Rome, and it has nothing to show that in 
any way approaches Christian compassion. Ask Mo- 
hammedanism, Buddhism. Confucianism, and. they have 
nothing to offer. Asylums, hospitals, and all that blesses 
and preserves human life are the fruits of Christed lives 
only (Psa. 119: 63; Mai. 3: 16; John 13: 34; ,1 Thess 5- 
11, 14; 1 Peter 3: 8, 9). 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 



Ojut for a Walk. 

by elMabeth d ROSENBERGER. 

The snow had l> t , en w j{h us for about four weeks. 
In places it was wjearlng thin, but it still covered the 
fields and the sidet s f the road. We even enjoyed 
sleighing— in a modified way, so to speak. You know 
we have no sleighing ife t h a t of years ago when the 
sleighbells jingled a n winter, and people went every- 
where in sleds. But it .was cold, and when I found 
the professor at i„ y d 00r _ asking whether I would 
not consider a long wa IIc for the afternoon, my first 
impulse was to re|f US e. But I thought better of it. 

" I'll go, thank i ou . How long will' you stay out 
of doors ? " ' 

" A couple of hQurs." 

Of course I weht. What teacher could have re- 
fused after teaching a n the week? This was not the 
first time we had g one together, exploring the haunts 
of living creature* studying insect and plant life, 
after the manner off teachers the world over. 

But on this Satu.-day afternoon there was a charm, 
a mystery, that mac e i tse lf felt as we tramped steadily 
on. I shall never f or g et j t| — tne charm of the long 
road as the shadows were lengthening. It winds past 
the park, past the Vyhite lake— silvery pure like a bit 
of silken gauze in nature's fabric,— then on to the real 
country where the ■ snow i; es deeper and the winds 
sweep over wide, 0J, en spaces. Then it turns abrupt- 
ly, and you walk sl' ow i y down a long hill. 

We exclaimed at )tne nearness of the low mountain. 
" I never shall leaif n that it is not right next door, 
when I come face t o face with the Big Horn moun- 
tain. It seems to (home out to meet us." The pro- 
fessor said this and 1 tne n inquired if I was cold. 

"No, I am petf ect iy comfortable, thank you. 
Isn't it all wondeirf ty| ? " 

As we walk on' sl ow ly rejoicing in the keen, frosty 
air, the sunshine! flooding this side of the mountain 
as you face it. it see ms to smile a benign welcome up- 
: plod on, the sun goes 

under a cloud, ajnd then 
of the mountain, jt is 
gloomy. Why jsho u ld ■ 
Then a ray of sunlight bri 
ty of the evergrejen t reeSr 
its great rock-bqtumi s id( 
The professc 

ee the changes in the face 
dark and forbidding and 
'e wander much nearer? 
igs out once more the beau- 

-ihe lights and shadows of 

, fascinated by the cool, allur- 
ing brownness ahd *we-resting tones on the grasses 
and weeds holdling their heads above the snow. 
Turning to me hi e.x c i a ; mS] " These are prettier than 
the green things in si., m mer." 

The road wineis th rou gh white lengths of valley 
and slope. Fields that brought forth plentifully of 
corn 'and cabbage last summer, are keeping warm un- 
der a white blanket. We stand still, a moment, by' the 
worm fence, admiring the brambles and bushes which 
lurk in its corners. Ij ; s a thing of beauty, its serpen- 
tine windings mark U,e pathway of wild roses and 
wild raspberry bushe| s . i n the summer it marks a 
playground for the D ; r ds. The meadow lark sings 
her sweetest frorri thU high pole which marks a cor- 
ner of this rickrack ilesign, carried out in old rails. 
It encloses an old hoq se . Its roof let in the sunshine 
and the rain, the cMr%iey was overgrown with bram- 
bles and vines, the hearthstone was abandoned. 

" I wonder who livejd nere ? " I questioned involun- 

" No one for the p as t ten years," answered the 
professor. " It's an abandoned farm." 

Then I wondered whether trouble and want had 
driven, the inmates a tvav or whether they left this 
for a better house. A. n< j as we looked about us, the 
horizon lines, strongly ve t delicately molded, touched 
many homes. Sc?me \ V ere meager, — farmhouses that 
sheltered sordid men an( j overworked, unhappy wo- 
men. They had I >oor! filled fields, and sadly-neglect- 
ed, barren minds, yet ~ i j s 0V er all, and his guidance 
is theirs for the asking. Other homes were well- 
built and comfortable, an d their wide a cres were well 
tilled. The materials are ; n men's h a nds, but the se- 
lection and structure usually disclose the character 

of the builder. As a good woman furnishes her home 
until it becomes an externalization of her own ideals 
and qualities, then fills it with the charm and sweet- 
ness of her own personality, until it becomes a materi- 
al expression of her own nature, so do we all silently 
form spiritual environments and fashion the world in 
which we tive. 

We tramped silently on until we came to a brook 
which is frozen along the edges. At a narrow place 
we crossed on an inadequate bridge of driftwood and 
icy stones. A gray squirrel ran along the white limb 
of a sycamore tree, and peered curiously at us, as if 
wondering what our business could be. 

" Out of doors the millionaire and the pariah are 
equally rich, — there is no monopoly of sunlight or 
wind. Curious how the building of a house creates 
distinctions and leaves me poor and another with 
wealth at his command 1 " The professor frequently 
makes remarks of this kind, almost as if he were dis- 


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What? Lost your temper, did you say? 

Well, dear, I wouldn't mind it. 
It isn't such a dreadful loss, — 

Pray, do not try to find it. 

"Twas not the gentlest, sweetest one, 

As all can well remember 
Who have endured its every whim 

Prom New Year's till December. 




It drove the dimples all away, 
And wrinkled up your forehead, 

And changed a pretty, smiling face 
To one, — well, simply horrid. 


It put to flight the cheery words. 
The laughter, and the singing; 

And clouds upon a shining sky 
It would persist in bringing. 

And it is gone! Then do, my dear, 
Make it your best endeavor 

To quickly find a better one, 
And lose it, — never, never! 


— Harper's Young People. 




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thanks God for the i 

Back we turned ; 

through the woods. 

look the same, appr 



shadows grim, 
was supper tim 
and mysterious 


clouds sleeping in their valleys like 
" When winter bars the woods am 


earth puts o 

i her s 

owy shroud, 

111 ho 

ne's pure pie 


nayst thou find 


olace for bo 

h hear 

and mind. 


firelight's gle 

w, the 

welcome guest, 


well-told tal 

. the n 

erry jest, 

The s 

uishine. glad 

of lovi 

ig looks. 

The fi 

ne compamo 

iship o 

f books." 

Make these days one 


of delightful t 

leasures 1 


n, Ohio. 




Md Society met 

Ister-Edna Heck 

costing 138/07; 

ind in Brooklyn, N. Y.- 

d forty meetings, with a 



/Iro-proMldiMit, S 1st. pi- Martha 
DAYTON, VA.— During ISU 

ai-ft as follows: President! 
'.. Sister Edna Bowman; 

i'ear ending: De- 
' of dulltlng and 

!e four comforters, 

"Hllirts, .milted nnr- 

t of an orphan; SH 
;rers; ?2 to the Old 
■ Orphans' Home i 


ntented with his lot, and desiring riches. But I 
ow no one who finds so much joy in life, who 

DECATUR, tlli We 

?re fact of living as he does, 
d went home by another path 
familiar landmarks did not 
:hed from the opposite direc- 
?re growing dark, and the 
late, and something told me it 
'e faced the mountains, grim 
ly twilight, with white 


nifi'iintrs during 
! attendance, 266; 
st.-i] principally of 
y.T-r,,vcrings. We 
■rville, Vfrden, La 
very grateful, and 
many needy ones. 

For quiltintr arid 
total of $57,49 for 

balance of S5.66. 
o tiie needs of our 

fellle P. Barnhart, 
! Society was or- 

r. — Mrs. L. D. Replogle, Nemadjl. 

ie year ending- December. 1914. we 

We have twenty-three members 

■n quilts and five comforters, and 

i-crings, dust-caps, bonnets and 


Susie Coppock as 
s; Sisters Maggi. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 

The Gospel Messenger 

OfSolal Orguu of the Church of the Brethren. 

A Religious Weekly 

Brethren Publishing House 

mission board. 

Office Editor, J. ] 

Corresponding Editors. 

:. Brumbaugh Huntingdon, 

Early Penn Laird, 

t Malum Omaja, C 

Business Manager, R, E. Arnold. 
Advisory Committee. 

Bro. Walter Long, of Altoona, Pa., accompanied 
by his wife, was at Eustis, Fla., when last heard from, 
and did some very acceptable preaching for the 
Brethren. - 

Under date of Jan. 19, Bro. L. H. Eby, of Payette, 
Idaho, writes us from Portland, Oregon, saying that 
he was on his way to. Myrtle Point, Oregon, to hold 
a series of meetings. 

has just passed 
i charge of Bro. 
willing to accept 

Bro. J. M. Albright closed his revival effort at 
St. Joseph, Mo., Jan. 21, Bro. E.I N. Huffman con- 
tinuing the work after his departure. Including pre- 
vious reports, there have been, s& far, twenty-eight 
baptized and two restored. 

The Clear Creek church, Ind., 
through a most interesting revival, : 
T. D. Butterbaugh. Six were made 
Christ as their Savior. 

Some one has truly said: " Thjere are four great 
powers in life, — the single motive, the consecrated 
human life, the blameless walk, anil close communion 
with the Father." No one need be a weakling if he 
has these vital forces at his command. 


. N. McC 

ann, G. W. Lentz, P. 

R. Keltner 



.!.M„m<.-led Willi' it. 

cd for the pnr 



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ft Office nt Elgin. Ill,, bs E 



Bro. Kernie Eikenberry, of Mexico, Ind., ex- 
pects to devote his entire time, after June 1, to evan- 
gelistic work. Those desiring his services should ad- 
dress him at an early date. 

Bro. R. R. Shroyer was in a recent series of meet- 
ings with the East Nimishillen congregation, Ohio, at 
the Brick meetinghouse. Seven pledged fidelity to the 
Captain of their salvation. 

Five recent accessions are reported fn 
ora church, Cal, 

The address of Bro. J. D. Bashor is changed from 
Dandridge, Tenn., to Enid, Okla. 

Bro. Van Kirk Maxcy, of Nezperce,' Idaho, 
should be addressed at Yeso, N. Mex. 

Bro. Rudy 
Edgerton, Kan 

. Saylor changes his address from 
to Bradford, Ohio, R. D. 5. 

The address of Bro. J. Q. Helman is changed fn 
Union City, Ind., to Greenville, Ohio, R. D. 4. 

Bro. J. L. Mahon closed a series of meetings in the 
Bronson church, Mich., Jan. 5, with five accessions. 

During Bro. Nathan Martin's meetings in the 
Springville church, Pa., twelve made the good con- 

Bro. J. E. Joseph, late of Surrey, N. Dak., is nov 
located at Nemadji, Minn., where he should be ad 
dressed hereafter. 

The series of meetings in the West Marion church, 
Ind., conducted by Bro. D. Byerly, of the Pleasant- 
dale church, closed Jan. 10. Thirteen were received 
by confession and baptism, two were reclaimed, and 
two still await the administration of the initiatory 

Bro. J. H. Morris writes 
taken to start a mission in 
Several members are there no 

that may be found, or settle there later on, the pro: 
pect for a successful opening would seem to be quite 


The District Meeting of Western Pennsylvania 
is to be held in the Quemahoning church, Maple 
Spring house, April 7. A special announcement by 
the Clerk will be found among the notes in this issue, 
to which the attention of members in that District 
is particularly directed. 

A conveniently-located lot |has been purchased 
at Arcadia, Fla., and steps are ibeing taken for the 
erection of a church building in the near future. 
Several large subscriptions have been tendered by 
citizens of Arcadia, and it would! seem that prospects 
are most encouraging for the upbuilding of the Mas- 
ter's kingdom in the Southern cilfy. 

Bro. Olin F. Shaw, of Dixon, 111, spent several 
weeks at Des Moines, Iowa, in a' revival effort. Six- 
teen made the good confession, nine of whom have 
at this time been received by ba'ptism. Nineteen of 
those who came forward at tiiej "Billy" Sunday 
meetings, have, up to this date.l'efttered into church 
fellowship. Twenty more, it is ioped, will cast their 
lot with the people of God ere long. 

The members at Pittsburgh, Pa, have been doing 

a greatly needed work among the poor people in their 

immediate neighborhood. For itheir distribution of 

were received than 

is that steps are being 
Oklahoma City, Okla. 
, and with still others Christmas baskets more suppl 

were needed in the families designated, so the circle 
of beneficence was widened, anid other hearts were 
made glad. The practical side o|f Christianity is well 
worthy of our attention,— a tangible proof of the 
genuineness of our religion. 

With the month of February, Bro. Virgil C. Fin- 
nell closes his work as pastor at Des Moines, Iowa, 
and Bro. John A. Robinson, who lis to succeed him 

ill I,,-, 

his labors March 1. Bi 

not been in good health fo 
to the Pacific Slope, last 
W. F. England doing the preaching, helped him, but when he got d 

Bro. D. D. Culler, of Mount Morris College, has to continue his residence at Des Mo 

the members at Raisin City, Cal, are 
very spiritual 

During the evangelistic efforts, carried on by Bro. 
George W. Flory at Huntingdon, Pa, thirty-five have 
so far made the good confession. 

After March 1, Bro. Lee M. Fisher, of Osceola 
Iowa, is to locate at Gowrie, same State, taking pas 
total charge of the church at that place. 

to be 

The District Meeting of Northwestern Ohi 
held in the Lick Creek church, near Bryan, is an- 
nounced for March 18. The Missionary Meeting 
will be held the day before. 

Bro. C. Walter Warstler is conducting a stirring 
revival at the New Salem church, Ind. Already six 
have decided the most momentous question of life. 
Others are near the kinedom. 

Bro. C. S. Garber, of St. Joseph, Mo, is to assume 
the pastorate of the McLouth, Kans, church, and 
will, therefore, not be available for evangelistic meet- 
ings to as great an extent as formerly. 

The Kansas City Mission, Kans., has just started 
on the twenty-fifth year of its existence. It began 
with only two members, but 437 members have been 
baptized since the date of its organization. 

With Bro. Hugh Miller in charge, the Oakland' 
church, Ohio, is now in the midst of a most refresh- 
ing series of meetings. So far. thirty-one applicants 
have been baptized and three members have been. re- 
claimed. _ 

Bro. George Swihart, of Roann, Ind. is now 

or more. His trip 
seemed to have 
to school-work, 
in the fall, his trouble returned. Ten days ago he 
submitted to an incision in Chicago, and though quite 
weak, he is reported to be doing as well as could be 

The District Mission Board of Middle Iowa 
would like to locate a pastor at Muscatine. The mem- 
bers at that place,— forty in number,— have a small 
house of worship, and a growing Sunday-school. 
Those who may feel like corresponding with the 
board, as to this opening, will please address Bro. D. 
W. Wine, Grand Junction, Iowa, or Bro. W. E. West, 
Ankeny, Iowa. 

A Messenger reader in Indiana, not a member, to 
whom the paper has been donated by some one, finds 
himself very much interested in what is said from 
week to week. Writing the office, he says : " I have 
seen some very good things in the Messenger. Sure, 
I do like the stand your brethren take on the tobacco 
question. In fact, I think yours is a cleaner paper 
than some of our own." 

voting his time to Sunday-sclioo 
Institute work in Iowa, Minnesota, ! 
Nebraska. After Oct. 1 he will be} open for evange 
Iistic work, or, possibly, a pastoral 

Finnell purposes 

les until October, 

Conventions and 

South Dakota and 


To the genuine worth of a 
worker, now gone to his reward, 
this touching tribute : " Whenev 
come in the lobby of the hotel 
straightening up, outside and insi 

k'ell-known church 
hotel employe paid 
" I saw that man 
I always felt like 
i." No better tes- 

An earnest worker in the S 
suggests that if we take Jesus as d.ur Model, we 
not confine our evangelistic efforts! to the best fa. 
ing communities only, — a practice that, in past years, 
has too often been a deciding factoif in the selection- of 
certain localities for missionary endeavor. The 
earnest evangelist, first of all, is concerned about lost 
.souls. The salvation of these is ofj prime importance, 
and should be chief and foremost, in our missionary 
plans. , 

-Bro. John E. Dotterer, in, his article, "Another 
Great Movement," as given on, page 66, describes the 
recent National Convention of. the International Pro- 
hibition Association, held at Topeka, Kans. His re- 
marks will be read with interejst. The slogan of the 
organization, "A dry nation in 1920," may well be 
made the watchword of every vvide-awake temperance 
worker. Here is a chance for each prohibition ad- 
vocate to demonstrate his loyalty to the cause by 
the efforts he is willing to puff forth in its behalf. 

timony could be given to the power of personal 
fluence, and its extent. Human ability is wholly i 
able to measure the far-reaching results. 

Bro. J. G. Royer writes us that he closed a very 
interesting Bible and Sunday-school Institute in the 
Shannon church, 111, last Sunday evening. The con- 
gregation at Shannon is not a large one, but the mem- 
bers are earnest and devout, and let their light shine 
with the members of the Blissville church, same State, as they go about their duties. On account of a severe 
-ffort. Twenty have so^far identified cold he did not at once begin his contemplated work 
the Hickory Grove congregation, but returned to 
home at Mount Morris. 


rith the Lord's people. Two were 

On their way to Ladoga, Ind, Bro. M. M. Eshel- 
man and wife, of Tropico, Cal, Stopped a few days 
at Elgin. Bro. Eshelman will be remembered as one 
of the founders and editors of the Brethren at Work, 
the first Secretary of the Danish Mission, and the 
author of several books. He preached for us last 
Sunday morning and evening, and his addresses were 
- very much appreciated. He is a brother of our mail- 
ing clerk, Bro. S. M. Eshelman, arid these two, along 
with Bro. L. A. Plate, and your Office Editor, con- 
stituted the quartette that did the major part of the 
work in the Brethren at Work office, in 1876. It 
seemed like old times to get together and talk over 
the incidents of a generation ago. I Brother and Sis- 
ter Eshelman have an engagement ait Ladoga for some 
special Bible work. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 


Bro. J. A. Strohm, of Westphalia. Kans., while no 
land agent, in any sense, says he would be pleased 
to correspond with a few brethren, with a view of 
having them locate on some of the good farms in 
the Scott Valley congregation. The members there 
feel the need of some earnest helpers. 

The new church at Freeport, 111., was dedicated 
last Sunday morning, Bro. Galen B. Royer conduct- 
ing the services for the occasion. The building is 
well and artistically constructed, costing nearly eight 
thousand dollars, and is said to be one of the neatest 
and most convenient church edifices we have in 
Northern Illinois. There were services both in the 
morning and in the afternoon, and each one was well 
attended. A much fuller report next week. 

Sunday, Jan. 17, is said to have been a red-letter 
day for the Brethren at Bridgewater, Va. On that 
day their new, large and commodious brick church 
building was dedicated, Bro. H. C. Early delivering 
the address for the occasion. The house contains 
about twenty Sunday-school rooms, has a good base- 
ment -under the whole structure, is heated by steam 
and lighted by electricity. There were at least one 
thousand people present at the service, and there 
would have been many more, had the weather been 
less disagreeable. __ 

For Bro. D. H. Zigler, of Broadway, Va., we have 
published another edition of his splendid " History of 
the Brethren in Virginia." The work has been care- 
fully revised, considerably enlarged, and brought up 
to date. The Minutes of the " Old Second District 
of Virginia " has been bound in with a part of the 
edition, thus making a book of 499 pages. The book, 
with the Minutes omitted, contains 340 pages, and 
may be regarded as the most reliable and complete 
history of our people in Virginia, ever written. So 
far as the volume relates to the Old Dominion, it 
will long be regarded as a standard work among us. 
and should be widely distributed. A library of 
Brethren literature would not be complete without it. 
All orders should be sent to Bro. Zigler. Price of the 
large edition. $1.5 ; the smaller on e sells at $1.00. 

The debate at Jasonville, Ind., staged for last week, 
and recalled in a notice published in our last issue, 
came off on time after all. The Brethren had rented 
a hall, all necessary preparations had been made by 
them, and in spite of the fact that Bro. Kesler had 
•lost his books and notes, they insisted on having him 
proceed with the work. Though greatly handi- 
capped, he proved equal to the occasion,, and set up a 
very creditable defense of the faith and practice of 
the Brethren. Our people, and those, in sympathy 
with us, are very much pleased with the outcome. 
The discussion, however, will not be published, for 
the reason that the stenographer, employed for the 
work proved to be incompetent, and quit at the close 
of the fourth speech. And, by the way, it requires a 
stenographer of more than ordinary skill successful- 
ly to report a public debate. We are likely to have a 
further account of the discussion. 

local option. He was a candidate, as will be recollect- 
ed, for Governor on the same ticket (the Republican) 
and at the same time that Mr. Penrose ran for the 
United States Senate. But, although the latter was 
understood to have the liquor interests as allies, Mr. 
Brumbaugh was not deterred from declaring he would 
do what he could to obtain the enactment of a local 
option law. He also vigorously advocated other 
measures which are supposed to be unfavorably view- 
ed by machine politicians. He now declares that he 
will do his best to fulfill his campaign promises. He 
may not have cheerful and ready cooperation on the 
part of the ' leaders,' but if he is the firm and strong 
man which he is credited with being, he may force 
them to his side rather than have an open rupture in 

party forces." — • 

A Change of Editors. 
When reporting the business transacted by the 
General Mission Board at its meeting in December, 
there was one item that could not, at that time, be pub- 
lished, for the reason that the matter was not then 
ready to give to the public. Since all necessary ar- 
rangements have been practically completed for cer- 
tain changes in the editorial management of the Mes- 
senger, we are now at liberty to make an announce- 
ment that will doubtless interest all of our patrons. 

The editors of the Messenger are always elected 
for a term of three years. The last term for which 
your Office Editor was chosen expires the last day of 
"the coming March, and at the meeting referred to, the 
Board elected Bro. Edward Frantz, President of 
Lordsburg College, Cal., to take his place on the paper. 
So it is understood that, in due time, Bro. Frantz be- 
comes your Office Editor, while we retire from the 
position which we have held since the spring of 1891. 
As Bro. Frantz will not be in a position to take up the 
work when our term expires, it has been arranged for 
us to continue in charge until sometime in September 
or October. 

Bro. Frantz needs no special introduction to our 
readers. As a writer, preacher and educator he has 
been before the public for years. He brings with him 
special training, especially in scholarship, for the du- 
ties entrusted to him, and it is our prayer that he may 
have the same sympathy and support, in his new field 
of labor, that has for years been accorded your 
present editor. But more along this line later. 

We have not yet decided what we shall do on re- 
tiring from the paper. With the exception of a few 
years spent in the South, we have been in the editorial 
chair ever since the fall of 1876. We have never been 
considered especially robust, and yet, generally speak- 
ing we have enjoyed splendid health, and at this time 
feel about as well as we have felt at any time during 
the last dozen years. And, should nothing unusual in- 
tervene, we hope to be in a position still to do some 
work in the Master's vineyard. Possibly we may find 
our way to a warmer climate, or we may do a little 
traveling before settling down. When the proper time 
comes next fall, for us to leave the Messenger office, 
we may as a parting word, have something more to 

have a clear understanding with the official body re- 
garding the course to pursue in carrying forward the 
interests of the congregation. As near as practicable, 
let all personal differences be laid aside, while the eld- 
er, preachers and deacons unite on some good work- 
ing basis. Let it further be understood that, while 
pushing the Lord's work, the policy and doctrines of 
the church be duly respected and fully maintained. In 
fact, this is the only honorable way of treating the 
church, so far as her principles are concerned. Every 
church official, from the deacon to the elder in charge, 
was installed with the distinct understanding that he 
accepted, and was in full sympathy with, the prin- 
ciples of the church he was chosen to serve. Had 
he, at the time, repudiated these principles, or even 
a part of them, he never would have been invested 
with his office. In view of these facts, faithfulness in 
adhering to our principles, in every department of 
church work, is the only policy that ought to be ex- 
pected of a duly-elected and properly-installed offi- 

Being united, regarding the principles of the 
church; it might he well to form a few committees to 
look after some of the things necessary to make the 
meeting a success. When the evangelist arrives, let 
him be advised of the plans They may be in keep- 
in;; with his ideas. Possibly he may make a sug- 
gestion or two. At any rate, let the whole official 
body and the evangelist line up together in the work 
in hand. This done, it will not be difficult to secure 
the united sympathy and cooperation of the entire 
congregation. When the laity, the whole official 
board, "and the evangelist, all work together to the 
same end, something should be accomplished. 

Not only so, but no evangelist is likely to take ad- 
vantage of a united congregation, and a working body 
of officials. In fact, an evangelist who is disposed 
to ignore the official body should, in a polite but firm 
way, be given to understand that he was- not employed 
to lord it over the congregation, even for a few 
weeks. And we may further add that the right kind 
of a man will not attempt to set the official board of 
a congregation at defiance. Personally, we believe 
that the most important piece of church machinery in 
the Brotherhood is the official hoard of a properly- 
organized congregation. If this board is full of the 
Spirit if it has the support of its church, and acts m 
keeping with the well-understood rules of the church, 
it has the authority to do almost anything, along 
church lines, and for the interest of the local con- 
gregation, worth doing. It has full Gospel authority 
to act in every measure, for the good of the congre- 
gation entrusted to its care. Not only so but it is 
the duty of the board to become active and efficient, 
and put forth every effort for the tqMIN of the 
flock. Where this is done, there will be little com- 
plaint about an evangelist taking advantage of the 
situation. - 

Something Better for Pennsylvania. 

Under the heading of " Pennsylvania's New Gover- 
nor " The United Presbyterian, of Pittsburgh, Pa., has 
this to say of Bro. M. G. Brumbaugh, who was inaug- 
urated Jan. 19: . 

" On Tuesday, Jan. 19, Hon. John K. Tcner retired 
from the office of Governor of Pennsylvania and was 
succeeded by Hon. Martin G. Brumbaugh. The inaug- 
uration took place at Harrisburg. Mr. Brumbaugh 
has been for many years identified with educational 
work in an executive way. He was forward in the 
making of the new educational code of laws under 
which the State has been operating its public schools 
for a few years. He has had long experience as the 
head of the public schools of Philadelphia, and has 
been recognized as a man of broad and constructive 
views on public questions generally. In personal qual- 
ities he has an excellent reputation. He is a man ot 
pronounced religious convictions and activity in 
'church work. He is an open friend and advocate of 

The Evangelist and the Official Body. 

A real active elder, who has done much in the 
way of preaching the Gospel, building up and caring 
for congregations, writes us that he and other elders 
are puzzled over this situation. An evangelist is in- 
vited to hold a series of meetings. He comes, takes 
charge of the work, and runs things to suit his own 
sweet will While the meetings are going on, he talks 
to the members in favor of securing a pastor, and 
setting their home ministers aside. This he does 
without conferring with the elder in charge, or any 
of his colaborers. The meeting closes, the evangelist 
goes his way. while the congregation is left to care 
for the new sentiment created, and to solve its prob- 
lems as best it can. 

All of our evangelists do not take advantage of the 
elder and his colaborers in this manner, but occa- 
sionally one does. In view of this and other condi- 
tions we wish to make a few suggestions to all the 
elder's and their helpers. Let our elders become ex- 
ceedingly active in the work of .the church, and then 

A Soliloquy. 

We all have, more or less, our moods, our tips and 
downs, our times of depression and our uplifts our 
„A n „r defeats and the character of them, 
successes and our defeats, anu uic 
doubtless depends largely upon our en v.ronments. Y 
while this may be so, in the lives of some, it strikes us 
that we have given, to all of us, a force that is greater, 
n Ir and more dominant than all these combined, 
if we will hut determine to exercise and utilize ,t.- 
thee go, the will, ourselt! It is the " I wilh m con- 
nection with the Christ strength, that performs, the 
miracles, and makes things go. 

On Christmas morning we awakened rather earlier 
than usual, because it was in our mind to do so. and. 
of course our firs, thoughts were on the significance 
of the approaching day. and what it should mean to 
ourself. Then began our soliloquy. 

Did you ever try to withdraw from a 1 else, and 
have a square talk with yourself? Well, it is a good 
thing to do.-occasionally, at least. If we do it in the 
rigM way, and for the right purpose, it may be made 
interesting, profitable and edifying. _ 

We often talk about self-examination, or bringing 
ourselves into judgment. The Apostle Pan tehs us 
,o judge ourselves, that we be not judged. \\ e are not 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 

to judge others, because the same kind of judgment 
which we mete out to others will also be meted out 
to us, and the best way to avoid talking about and 
passing judgment on others, is to talk to and judge 

A man who was in the habit of talking to himself, 
was asked why he did it. His answer was : " Oh, I 
know myself better than anybody else." This should 
be so with all of us, because the greatest study for 
mankind is man, and therefore we should not forget 
the study of self. 

" Man, know thyself " is the advice of one of the 
wisest of man. But do you know that it is not gen- 
erally accepted? If it were, we would have a very 
different condition of things from what we now 
have. What would it do for us ? It would give us so 
much to do, in taking care of our own lives and per- 
forming our own duties, that we would have very 
little time left for meddling with the affairs and 
business of other people. 

This would not, necessarily, in any way, interfere 
with the moral and religious obligations which we 
owe to each other as Christians, neighbors and our 
own family relations, but would only the better pre- 
pare us for the performance of the duties of such 
relations in a proper and Christian manner. 

We get ourselves into such a mood best when we 
are alone, or when we are wholly by ourselves. This 
we can do, if we so will, at almost any time, place, or 
condition,— when out in the field, following the plow, 
when at the bench, pushing the plane, when walking 
the street, or when in a crowd. 

Some people isolate themselves while in the church 
listening (?) to a prosy sermon. Even while at 
prayer they are casting up their accounts, or de- 
termining how they can best drive a sharp bargain on 

Coming to our own experience, as we remember, 
we did the major part of our writing for the press, 
during our eastern trip, while in company with our 
traveling companions. 

In our more contemplative moods, the question of- 
ten comes: "Who am I?" And then we discuss the 
question. It is interesting. It is helpful. Am I an 
identity, a self, a personality, or a summation of en- 
vironments—those with whom I have associated 
during life? If so, am I responsible for what I am, 
or will I only share with others? These are only 
.obloquies, but we see no way of getting away from 

Holy Spirit. After this awakening, their responsi- 
bility begins, as they now have the power of receptiv- 
ity. They can now hear, understand, discriminate, 
choose or reject. After they have accepted, repented 
and been born again, they now enter the new life, 
with the promise of the Spirit in his abiding, com- 
forting and assuring presence,— in all of his fullness. 
Then they can in deed and in truth say, "Abba, 
Father! " 

Such have been a few of our personal musings 
in our hours of retirement during the intervening 
days between the Christmastide and the New Year, 
and they have surely been sweet and rich in blessing 
to our soul. 

The old prophet's complaint was : " My people do 
not think, do not consider." And so it is with us. 
Let us all think more, pray more and do more for the 
Master, and God will bless us more. h. b. b. 

a number of the members began to move away. Our 
correspondent says that while all indebtedness has 
now been wholly liquidated, the exodus of the mem- 
bers still continues, so that the permanence of church 
activities is seriously threatened. Too much care can. 
not be taken, to make sure that a proposed locality 
for the establishment of a church has all needed ad- 
vantages to insure permanency. Unless most essen- 
tials of a desirable residential and farming section are 
to be found in the locality proposed for settlement, it 
is useless to expect our membership to make it their 
permanent home. 


That the doings of our life are due to outside in- 
fluences brought to bear upon us, is so evident that we 
can not avoid the conclusion, yet the question comes, 
"Where stands the ego in the summation? " Again 
the thought comes, Shall the ego be the differentia- 
tor, the looker-on, the hearer, the thinker, and the 
discriminator, as to what part of these outside in- 
fluences shall become an element of the self, and what 
part or parts are to be rejected, as being unworthy 
of the life which God has given? 

If the young life, the ego, could arrive at a safe 
and dependable state of maturity, aside from, and in- 
dependent of, outside influences, then could we see 
when and where individual responsibility begins and 

In going back over our own experiences, we can not 
tell at what age or just when we began to be able to 
determine between the right and the wrong, as to the 
outside influences that touched our life. But this we 
do know, that the habits were formed.-and some not 
good ones.-before we had the power of righteous 
discrimination. We also know that farther on we 
gradually began to receive the power of discernment 
and discrimination, so that, to some extent, we began 
to he able to accept the good and reject the bad. 

Just how, and from whence this power cafhe we 
may differ. Some would say: "From outside' in- 
fluences.-a development of the mind and the re- 
ligious teachings." Yes, we can accept all these forces 
But. because of our own experience, we add " The 
touch of the Holy Spirit, in its awakening and leading 
activity." Dead souls can never accept Jesus Christ 
as their Savior. They must first be awakened out of 
their sleep of sin, and this is the first office of the 

Living in Peace. 

The people of this country have an excellent op- 
portunity of realizing the advantages of living in a 
land where each man is permitted to go quietly about 
his business, without any thought of being rushed off 
to the battle-field. In France, Germany, Austria and 
Russia every man, between eighteen and forty-five 
years of age, is supposed to belong to the government, 
and may be pressed into service at any moment. The 
parents who raise a family of boys know, as a matter 
of certainty, that they are raising their sons for the 
army, and as soon as they are eighteen years old they 
must enter the military camp for training. In case of 
war, all men of the required age must, regardless of 
the conditions of their business or families, leave for 
the front, frequently without an hour's time to take 
leave of their loved ones. Then they are rushed to 
the battle-field, often to be mowed down by machine 
guns nearly as fast as they can be moved forward. It 
is sometimes only a matter of marching men up to the 
enemy faster than they can be shot The world has 
never before witnessed such a reckless sacrifice of 
human life. And many of those, swept down by the 
thousands, are men of education, culture and refine- 
ment. Any nation should be proud of such men, and 
yet they are lined up to be shot to pieces, simply be- 
cause a few war lords can decide to use fathers, lius- 
bands and sons as so many fighting tools. 

Men and women of this country are realizing the 
awfulness of such inhuman carnage, and are thank- 
ing God that they live in a land where militarism is 
not dominant. Most of them are becoming advocates 
• of peace principles, and are anxious for the time when 
nations will learn to settle their difficulties by peace- 
able methods. Then, a number of newspapers are 
throwing their splendid influence on the side of uni- 
versal peace. Men and women are being educated to 
understand that war is wicked, and with honorable 
people is wholly uncalled for. 

If the terrible strife in Europe results in nothing 
else, it will probably teach the masses in every land 
to abhor war, and may prompt them to demand of 
their rulers policies that will make such clashes at 
arms an impossibility. They may rise up en masse 
and assert their rights to live under a government that 
can deal with other nations as so many neighbors. 
They may refuse to be sacrificed by the thousands to 
the heartless god of war, simply because a few men 
do not seem to know how to run a government on 
peace principles. A number of first-class journals 
are taking this view of the situation, and what they 
say is putting millions of people to thinking along safe 
and sane lines. 

Caring for the Young Members. 

A correspondent from one of our active western 
churches takes occasion to close his communication 
with these words : " We, as a congregation, are great- 
ly interested in our young members, and are putting 
forth our best efforts to assist them in the religious 
life." If every congregation of our beloved Brother- 
hood could truthfully say what we quoted above, the 
future prosperity of our church would be practically 
assured. It is evident to even a casual observer that 
the most serious -hindrance to the real development of 
our young people is found in a lack of interest on 
the part of those who are older, and in the further 
fact that too often absolutely nothing is done to train 
them along lines of greatest efficiency for the church. 
In this, as in all else that is worth while, the highest 
degree of usefulness can only be achieved by a most 
determined effort, and those who have the welfare 
of the church at heart, must be willing to pay the 
price. __^___^^^^ 

How the Messenger Is Used. 

Many of our readers have never, as yet, learned 
to get all the good out of the Messenger that may 
be had. One of our earnest readers lives at a point 
where preaching services are not held each Sunday. 
In order that the people may have something to think- 
about, on Sundays when there is no preaching, he 
reads carefully-selected articles from the Messenger 
after the close of Sunday-school, during the time of 
the usual preaching hour. The recital is always 
anxiously awaited and keenly appreciated. The 
brother seems to think that there is no need of doing 
without spiritual food each Lord's Day, simply be- 
cause the minister comes but once a month. The 
fact that our brother has made a success of his plan, 
as referred to above, would seem to indicate that 
scores of other isolated points might give the method 
a trial, and derive equal benefit. 

Some Splendid Homemade Scripture. 

We heard of a father, the other day, who while 
given to the smoking of cigars himself, severely rep- 
rimands his son because he is a slave to the vile ciga- 
rette habit. We commend to him and all others, sim- 
ilarly situated, the following, by the editor of the 
Christian Standard: " How beholdest thou the ciga- 
rette that is in thy son's mouth, and perceivest not the 
cigar that is in thine own mouth? Either how canst 
thou say, Son, let me pull out the cigarette that is in 
thy mouth, when thou thyself beholdest not the 
cigar that is in thine own mouth? Thou hypocrite 
cast out first the cigar out of thine own mouth, and 
then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the cigarette 
that is in thy son's mouth." 

One Danger in Colonization. 

While mission work by colonization has played 
an important part in the extension of our church, it 
is also true that at times there is a great expenditure 
of funds and arduous effort, without achieving the 
desired results. We are reminded of this quite forci- 
bly by a recent report from a once flourishing church 
in a western State. After considerable sacrifice on 
the part of the membership, the building of a church 
was undertaken, but ere the bouse was quite paid for, 

Wrong and Right Ways. 

There are wrong and right ways of doing almost 
anything, and the ways and methods of taking church 
collections are no exception to the statement ex- 
pressed in the above thought. Often the half-hearted 
way, in which the aim and purpose of a collection are 
brought before a congregation, is enough to paralyze 
the heart's best endeavor to give liberally. We do not 
get results, because the vital importance of the call 
failed to be duly emphasized. "Ask largely that 
your joy may be full," may well be made the incen- 
tive in any endeavor to raise funds for a worthy 
cause. More study may well be given to best ways 
and methods of raising church funds. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 


General Mission Board. — H. C. Early, Pcnn Laird, 

Royer, Elgin, 

M.I., Vie.?-ni:'iniiii 

Ind., J. J. Yoder. 

Cans. Life Advisory Member, D. L. Miller, 
General Sunday Bobool Board. — H. K. 

Ohio; D. H. Zlglei 

Levi Minnlch. Vice-Chain 

Broadway, Va.; S. S. Blough. 

"" 'Br, Leeton, Mo.; J. 

Steele, TYalkerton. 


Holslnger, Bn 


; J. C. Bright, R. D. 

Mich.; J. S. Flory. 

J. Blough. Chairman, Hoovers- 

powerful, Spirit-filled sermons were taken wholly from the 
Bible. All who were present appreciated his discourses. 
The prayers and best wishes of the entire class go with 
him to his home and work. 

Thus ends the fourth Bible Institute in our congrega- 
tion. Eacli time we secured our instructors from Beth- 
any Bible School. As these brethren come into our midst 
to labor with us, they cause us to have a greater desire 
to do more for the Master, and to live closer to him. It 
also gives us an insight into the work of Bethany Bible 

On Monday evening our Christian Workers' Society 
elected officers for the coming six months. Jan. 7 we 
expect Bro. W. R. Miller and wife to be with us at our 
regular preaching service, and for several nights following 
we shall have Bro. Miller give us his illustrated lectures. 

Yale, Iowa, Jan. 6. Allie Lookingbill. 

Chln». paid 10 cents 
towards a Sunday- 
Adding this f 

e reorganized by reelecting 
McCune, Vice-president; t 

ie, Ind., Jan. 17. 

Icles sold, $31.92; total, $55.95; 
balance of $14.60 In the treas- 
donation, one sack of ready- 
covers from the Paint Creek 












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: twenty-six years, 
is an honest, upright 
and eleven children survive 
iv Midway, Md., Jan. 11. 


The church at this place has just closed a Bible In- 
stitute, with Bro. J. Hugh Heckman, of Bethany Bible 
School, as instructor. His quiet, unassuming, unpreten- 
tious manner of presenting the Word, and his life of sac- 
rifice and consecration, greatly endeared him to us all. 

The class periods were a spiritual uplift from start to 
finish. The forenoons were devoted to the study of the 
prophets and teachings of Jesus; the afternoons were de- 
voted to the Book of Ephesians and the study of the 
Holy Spirit, whose presence was felt in every session. 

The attendance was not as large as we had expected, 
or as it should have been, but God richly blessed us. Some 
of the people of our town, who are not members of our 
own denomination, were present during each session. A 

with his entire family, present from the first session until 
the last one. Several brethren and sisters from adjoin- 
ing congregations were also present during these meet- 

Bro. Heckman gave a fifteen-minute talk each evening 
on prayer, followed by the regular preaching service. His 


'lust year we held flftv me,-'hms .1 uiint; tin.- year, four 
h were all-day meetings. Our average attendance was 
"We had forty-one visitors. We made 181 bonnets, >. 

towa'r'd the pastor's "salary. We" al.o presented two sister. 

ivlth ..Milts »» Christmas presents. Ue paid out J-1..4 to 
material I :;i Iji Ti ■ ■ •.- in tin' treasur;,, 5-b.ia. we tii.i-i.eii 
™M„I,7t.; n ffl„r B (or 1915: Pn.-sl.k-nl. Sister Sarah Stroyer 

ofa pillow, four broom- 
sister. We received four 
ehurchhouse were $129.49, 

Secretary, Sister 

IND.— From Dec. 11, 1913. to Dec. 1' 
all-day meetings, twelve regular mee 


Sister 'Elizabeth Mills.— Dora Don 
MONITOR, HANS. — During 1914 

irty I 

OffiV.r.s fleeted lor • •--.. ,...<= "" '" «,,„,-_ r Y 
Olive Voder, President; the writer, s'-Cft-iri , * 

Brubaker. Treasnrer.-Ella East,, Conway, Kans., Jan. 9. 

MEIICIE. raD—Durinfr 1914 we »'«*;»"" «£ 

— M le to tie tin<>iint ni" '.-"'<:. Tl, ,■-;.- sales, wnn mnniiny 
due* donations and proceeds .if autograph nullt make 0. total 
of $73 16. We spent Sr,.*il f<.r mat-rial; $3..2 tor paper for the 
i a .« rnomfi- *" I" the j.arsounge: 87.03 for shoes and 
coining for our" members at the Old People^ Home; gave 
jio.08 to a poor brother and sister; sent $5.25 to our uen 

old eighteen 
r-coverlngs, e 


coal, nine prayer 



made fifty other 
two quilts, three 
tops, 138 aprons, 

ed to the so- 
SS; also four 

other' donations; also eleven 

f of potatoes, 
half ton of 
paid SI. 7 6 for 

ly-school girl, 
for a church 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 

Nettie Weybright for 

other articles for the church, 
for curtains for the basement windows, and purchased 
bonnets from the Manchester Bonnet Company for 
During the year we receive! t1?.!i.':2\ paid out $99.16; 

almost Elk City, Okla. 

inite promise. — John Dudte," 

Krelghbnuni. reelc 

■; Sister Pearl Jacks 
ilia Snger, Treaaurei 
iirer.— Mary C. Helrr, 


had never made a 
gave his heart to 

church, as all had 
night become con- 

!etlngs.— John H. Neff. 

efforts of Bro. Lapp. 
A Gospel herald shoui 

■ t and attendance were good, 
g church, but the memt.i .is m 
reduced to three. No preach! 
nity, by our people, for ten yea 

them, direct 

been organized. 
Mrs M. Keller. 

Eel Biver.— Jan. IS we were made to rejoice when three 
mn..,i wlili the church hy baptism. Two of them were a 
msband and wife. — Lizzie Wolfe, Claypool, Ind„ Jan. 21. 

Ft. Wayne.— On Sunday, Jan. 17, we were very agreeably 

home of Eld. J. c. Mirmh 
when a crowd of about liftv 



! Brother and 

Ised, when Broth,., r.'e 



the sick. Other 
Sunday-school a 

or; Sister Ida Blgeler, 

Syracuse, Ind„ Jan. l: 


Aid Society. Officers 
Crlpe, President; Sis 
J ul In Ttlchcreek, Sec 

' Mary Kolberg, Vi 


. I'lmrlM 


■ r,.- Sunday-school, after win ■ i 
Mishler delivered an uplifting sermon lie was on his wav 
to South Whitrey, Ind„ to begin a revival meeting Fifteen 
years ago Bro. Mishler and the writer did a great deal of 
personal work in the building up of the Ft Wayne church 
Bro Mishler came to our aid once every month. Mud, credit 
is due him for the strengthening of our mission. He Is one 
or those Spirit-filled men. who always see the right side of 
all questions, pertaining to the building up of a mission 
Jan m" Aliner ' 2SiG Anthori y Boulevard, Ft. Wayne. Ind., 
north Manchester.- During the holidays, we had with us 
Bro. Paul Mohlr-r. of Rnssvllle. Ind., to conduct a Bible In- 
stitute. We had four periods a dav, there being lessons 
on the "Book of James" and on "Prayer" In the evenings 
MonnT-^AUl " A P "'" ''"' 1>v;llm " ^d "The Sermon on the 
splendid meettgf Bro.^ohleT wen'rom heVeTM^ehe^ 
•"■•College, to assist in the Bible Institute held at that place. 

vent home feeing that the evening had been one , 
.cn.ftt and wishing that such gatherings might occur mo 
lr-.|,i,. n tly. Brother and Sister Mnhler left in a few days f. 
I'loudii. Ihnr .short stay in Roanoke was en invert hy all wl 
Jan 18° contaet Wlth th em.— Rosa May Miller, Roanoke, Le 
Bronson.— Our meetings, conducted by Bro. J. L. Maho 
el..s..,i Jan. 5. He preached twenty-five strong sermons Fh 
"-" baptized. One has been baptized since then Man 

E. Tls 
Jan. 1, 

mittee to 

Syracuse, Ind., Jan. 6. 
17 our Sisters' Aid So- 
33 meeting, and the fol- 
Slster Belinda Miller, 
'-president; Sister Mary 

West Marlon < 

, $14 

..... paid out, $112.56: bal- 

■ ■— 53B.66. During the vear we donated S16 to the 

India Mission, paid ST. for Gospel Messengers J r > for a gas 
stove for Bethany Bible p,| IO o), rn id M2.3fi for screens for 
the chuni,. g„ve J„ to the Girls' School in China, paid Jfi for 
IB for a colored sister at Bethany, do- 

. Chr 

■ Jinn 

■ for 

tnd made small donation: 
total of $88.68. During th 
■ eight fan 


i Miss 

' for the 

the year we made eight 
,,"*"■''"; Y ,a "\ ."1!" '■ > 'iniiL.s. and thirteen comforters. 
E. Tfsdale. 614 West Seventh Street, Waterloo, Iowa, 


free-will offerings. Tw 
one-half yards of gtnghi 
five yards of outing, thn 
spools of thread, three 

. ..jelved $20,115 as 
tnty-five yards of calico, two and 
m. one and one-half yards of cloth, 
? and one-half yards of shirting, six 
cards of buttons, two packages of 

-hand garments were donated. Ten 

Sister Cora Metzger, Superin 


r, ! 

iby Butter- 

Notes From Our Correspondents 



. D. 5, North Manchester. Ind., Jan. 

tcted by Bro. D. M. Byerly. of the Pleasant 

-as good, and much interest 

were Instructive, and proved a great 

Sister Opal Hummer led the «'i>ng s.-rv- 
g.— Rosa Frances, Marlon. Ind., Jan. 18. 

ed two by baptism, soon after Christ- 
ning some difficulty in holding church 

- - Q .., „„ account of the bad roads, at times — 

...... , c Morphew, Clarence. Iowa Jan 18 

Coon River—Last Sunday Bro. w. R. Miller and wife came 
into our midst to laho,- with ns for a few ,lavs. The Christian 
porkers' Meeting, with Bro. Guy Fisc, , a , leader, wa* fol- 
lowed by the regular preaching services, with Bro Miller as 
the speaker. Bro. Fiscel had previously arranged and pre- 
pared his program for the occasion, which was complimented 

OJ many, the house was well filled The nntlnr r.f it. 

Christian ch„r.-l,. with Ms oonrrr, c'tll'm. ™| ?""„t B™ 
Miller !s an aide speok-cr. :i n .l eon hold the interest of his 
muscled i , S "™ /"""wine evening were devoted to 
illustrated lectures, which Brother and Slslcr Milter are In 
pos tlon to present to the gratification and Inspiration of 
Hi. ni an.liciices The views presented, alone, tin- line of inls 
slonary work, and Bro, Miller's touching remarks on the snh- 
„„, V ""," ve , ry imp ' e ' slvp »'"> sacred Mav «-e become 
'" ""■'""""1 10 a realization of „„,- duties and privileges 
along missionary lines, and live more consecrated Mv ' — 
Mile Lookinsbil], Tale. Iowa, Jan. 21 

V "iLT^,"-~°V„ rCV ,' Val """=»• conducted by Bro. Olin 
„h" . ! .,"' w 1 sert laat ev «nlns with splendid at- 
tendance and the best of Interest. Despite very cold weather 
i in neighborinrr churches, and much sickness' 
increase, | steadily to the last. The meclic-s 

teen pehlicly confessinc Christ besides f - 

permitted to attejid the meetings but ex 
i to unite with the church at the earliest op- 

Mth i nl'net™",!f S ,l' nnl rc'n S .'.' ''' "' ■'""'"''V 1*™ baptised. 

of ,„„? r sf s , v ■■"'""»!' converts, making 

of twenty-eight baptized since Dec. 1. At least twenty 
nave expressed their intention of receiving the rife 
arly date. Bro. Shaw is ,„„, ., ,, m strong as i a ,r 

e°uia, r ,d vo"conv r ,^ee nS a a d re »«?**-«■ »"%.„%*■ S 
r to action both saint ~ a 
especially helpfi 

baptism. Jan. 2 \.„ ... . 
Stone presiding. Church officers 
year as follows: Bro. Stone, elde 
ter, trustee for three years; Slst> 

ere elected for the 
• Olive Le'chner. s« 

■ Christian Workers' 

Two letters of membe 
ir Sunday-school, with 
iter Dimple Kay, 

gs. and Bro. Raichart as foreman of our week- 
ings We will soon be left without a resident 
ipe that some good minister, thinking of chang- 
nay consider thls_place. There is much here 
the Master. Farms here can be rented or 
s a very healthful country, with good water.— 
D. 2, Benzonla. Mich., Jan. 23. 
rch met in council Jan. 16. The meeting was 
Jan. 2. with Eld. C. L. Wilkins presiding 
i of membership were granted. Officers for 
»r were elected as follows: Bro. W. H. Good, 
fear; Bro. W. E. Roberts, clerk; Bro. Hiram 
-, and also trustee for three vears; Bro W F 

Isslonary Committee w 
ster Maud Pinny for . 
Roberts, Mi-Rain, Mir: 

e Brees for two ye 
Sister Carrie Br 
ter, correspondent. 

Deer Part.— Our 

■ngregatlon met in 

■ attendonc 


n Hoi 

:he membership. — Virgil 
3ea Moines, Iowa, Jan. 2 
Franklin. County. — We 
3ec. 31. Our elder, Bro. H. Gilli 
hurcb, Sunday-school and Christ 

Ralph Shade. Sunday -school 

Youngerman Blo.-k, 

0. J. K. Allen, choris. 
rlntendent; Si-tei 

church. Our ministers have taken a charge four mile- 
of here, to hold services every Sunday, at 2: 30 P. M 
Swedish church. We now have four resident mini- 
Mrs. Herbert G. Reeves, Nemadji, Minn., Jan. 20 

Hancock.— We are feeling rather lonely. Our dear 
er and Sister Bowser, and son and daughter, — Broth 
Sister Nafus,— have left ys for Prescott, Mich. Bro ] 
told us some time ago that he could not remni„ ^-m, „. 
longer. In fact, he had sale over a year 

only at intervals since. Before deciding 

te did 


n.— Mrs. J. J. Rhodes.' St. Petersbur 

Seneca Sunday-school 
tendance. After class i 
toona. Pa., gave the chl 
talk of fifteen minutes 
listened to a fine pernio 

drew Spanogle 

hinday-school a large cr« 
by Bro. Long. He gave 
Sister Long, of Altoona, 

elected a Locating Commute,, ' whose" dutv 'i, N 'tV],!"!'^' 
.v.'/,, ';.', , l '' n .! W ' V ' ls " 1 ;' ,e ' 1 members, or those who desire .,„ n I? Z y have on their '1st all farms f,„- 

Bro. Harvey Allen. Dun 

1 Sister Surbey. of Akror 

The two last-na 

. Price, Eustls, F 


Welser, ida'h 

Book Spring-s. — 

..-■ for us, which 

e year, and their efforts w 
eft us last fall. Then, too 
t away, which has cut our nu 
ist Sunday only a few of 
■"tiraging. Bro. Shade is yoi: 
falls heavily upon him. Tht 
ige In locations, iU id niierlit 


Falls, Idaho, close 

don Board of M 
Muscatine, low; 


d a growing St.ndav-sH,,„d 
■spnnd with some brother wh ■ 
"-■ ^ivitit him information a 
to D. W. Wine, Grand Junctl 
E. West, Ankeny. Iowa, Jan. 


began with the new yef 
Baldwin, secretary; Blstt 

S. Fox presiding. We 

menced to give 
expect to have 
letter to one oi 
Mound. III.. j ai 

BUaivUle. W 

th his wife, h 
later. Last 


B w"* a i CayIOr ^P r ^ident ot"thl 
t e also elected two deacons. — 

Rock Springs, a Baptist chur 

baptism by 

fessed Christ as tl- 

strengthened. We a 

help. — Cora Rutter, 

South St. Joseph > 

M-sseiiger correspondent" "VI 
-' " iperintendent. pi 



' still continuing our m 
*'enty have been baptiz 

: the writer, Mej 

To date, twenty-eight 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 

sided. Six letters were granted. 
Jro. A. J. Nickey and wife. The 
Sunday-school was discussed. A 

jreat benefit 1 
■ortimunity. — Mary E. Whitney. Kearney, Nebr., Jan. 
Lincoln. — We held our Sunday-school and Christian 

treasurer. We will hold our love feast May 16. — Paul 
Wertz, 651 Baer Avenue, Hanover, Pa., Jan. IS. 

Huntingdon church is In the midst of very Interestl 
meetings, conducted by Bro. Geo. W. Flory. of Covlngt' 
Ohio. How peoplo can resist the strong appeals and I 
forceful presentation of truth, Is a question. Some 
for thirty-five have yielded themsel 


Alvo. South Beatrid 

Jarboe, our minister 

await in? admtssinn 

jmber came from Octavh 
Red Cloud, Nebr. A fir 
. took part. Bro. J. Edwi 

H. 1-lo.ic 
Wicks, ti 

tored. — Bessie Non 

Mountain. — Bro. A. M. Sharp, of Egeland. N. 
, J. C. Forney, of Rock Lake, N. Dak., came her< 
remained with us over Sunday, J 
1 some Inspiring sermons. We al 
, to organize -us into a working i 

Cassady has been confined 

soon. His Illness is a disappointment 
but we know that in some way God h 
good. The Bible term was unusually ' 

ahd Sunday-school. — E 

Street, Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 19. 


with i 

noo Mimin 




evening. Owing S276 48 

Norrlatown- — Jan. 3 we reorganized our ! 
with the following officers In charge: Bro. E. C. 1 
intendent; Bro. Harry Taylor, secretary; Sister ; 
house, superintendent of the homo department, 
growing steadily. Wo had an Increased, avera 
of sixty-six, against ilt'tv-el^ht of the forme 
collected, in all departments during t 

of i 

held a members* 

Philadelphia (First Church of t 
i Broad Street!. — On Sunday 

elder In cha 
roeder. clerk; Sister Ellzab 
Jordan, Messenger agent; 

e.— Ocie Schn 


Chippewa. — Sister Josephine Powell vi 
tion early in November, giving a talk i 
though the attendance was not large at 
talks were much appreciated. The Be 
school gave its Christmas program on . 
place of the regular forenoon services. 
given a prominent part throughout the 

The children" 


xcellent lead- rship 

has shown itself 

Gwong. of 

Sunday morning, Dec. 

books specially adapted t 
3 helpful In many 
College, preached 

three faithful sisters were suddenly cal 
. Sister Amelia Weiss died Dec. 22, and Jus 
: later Sister Mary Austin was called ai 

morning, on the day of Sister Weiss' ft 

with it, and had, instead, Informal exercises, 

each scholar received the usual box of candy.— 

B. SChnell, 190G North Park Avenue, Phlladelphh 

Pittsburgh— Along with the Christmas progra 

„.., of the church. The names of needy families were se- 
cured from the General Associated Charities of the city, and 
food and clothing were supplied. Baskets were filled and 
arranged by a few sisters, und recmit.H came in to help 
distribute them on the day before Christmas. The generous 
Spirit of our church and Sunday-school uiemhers revealed It- 
self by the fact that more food and clothing were con- 
tributed than could be used fur the aliened families. The Sal- 

iclally helpful this 

East Chippewa 

Snii.liiy-school has reorgan- 
% Zeigler, superintendent. 

lng to keep her chll 
e real estate agent i 
. they had done the : 

vices each Sunday 

rnlng in January, and 

ing to show our inUn.s 
i various ways. The " Trl-M " class 
is a class of boys numbering c-ver on* 
Flory's class of girls is not far be 
the teacher-training class, taught by burgh, Pa., 

he of a r 

t.. I'ltls- 

four of our churches, and treats of candy, oranges, etc., . 
were given out to the members of the schools. These 
exercises are splendid opportunities for the development 
of the talents of our young people and children. Our 
schools have been reorganized as follows: Roxbury, super- 
intendents, John P. Coleman and Cloyd C. Weaver; secre- 
taries, Luella Coleman and Ruth Hochstein; treasurer, 
Curtis C. Lambert; cradle roll superintendent, Mayme 
Livingstone; home department superintendent, Mary Lam- 
bert; junior department superintendent, Emma Beck; in- 
termediate department superintendent, Lavina Berkley. 
Morrcllvillc, superintendents, Jehu Allison and Chas. M. 
Kimmel; secretaries, Edith Campbell and Myrtle Strayer; 
treasurer, Bertha Howard; cradle roll superintendent, 
Mary E, Campbell; home department superintendent, 
Dora Dorcr; primary department superintendents, Eliza- 
beth Mills and Lovenia Kunklc. Pleasant Hill super- 
intendents, John Stutzman and Elizabeth Davis; secretary, 
Izella Metzgcr and Ethel Allison. Viewmont, superin- 
tendents, Lewis C. Penrod and George L. Peterson; sec- 
retaries, Erma Bochm and Dessic Myers; home depart- 
ment superintendent, Roxie Penrod; cradle roll superin- 
tendent, Carrie Peterson, temperance superintendent, Hat- 
tie Stutzman. Our Sunday-schools are improving in a 
number of ways. In some all the adult classes are or- 
ganized. Department superintendents have also been put 
to work. Our birthday offerings arc a fruitful source of 
mission money. 

Our last quarterly council for the year convened in 
Roxbury D«c. 31. Officers for the year were elected as 
follows: Secretary, John P. Coleman; assistant secretary, 
W. I. Strayer; general treasurer, Levi Kaufman; general 
church correspondent, Jerome E. Blough; auditors, M. L. 
Hoffman, Chas. M. Kimmel and Henry B. Kaufman. 
Various reports were given and accepted. Three certifi- 
cates were granted. Church expenses were apportioned. 
Upon the whole we feel that we had a prosperous year. 
Local church officers have also been elected at all four 
of our churches. The parsonage at Roxbury is plastered, 
ready for the inside finish. Pleasant Hill church was 
painted on the inside recently. Our youngest minister, 
Bro. Haddcn Q. Rhoads, with his family, has moved to 
Juniata College, where he will more fully prepare for 
his life-work. We arc now preparing for two missionary 
services in Roxbury, Jan. 31, a sermon in the morning and 

and persistent effort. Our Cliristmas services ' 
ly enjoyable. Good singing of Christmas songs 
tore of these services, under the direction of oi : 
ter, N. M. Miller. Some fine readings of Chr: 
and poems were given on the evening befo: 
entire church assembled and a program 
Flory emphasized the 

Shade Creek c 

receiving gifts, 
s. Many dona- 
familles in need. Shoes were 
distributed. The sick were 
give had a happier Chri.stma-s 

Lehman was ohosen tret 
retary; Bro. H. D. Jones, 
Missionary Committee; B 
Committee. — Stella Pen: 
SpriagTrlUe.— The 

ertiflcate of t 

en received into the church si 
tn D. Rosenberger, Covington, 
Deshler. — Our church organized 

Obr Sunday-school 

D. 1, Windbe 
les of meetings, held 
by Eld. Edward Wenger, closed 
cants for baptism and one to be reclaimed, 
been baptized. Jan. 2 Bro. Nathi 
of meetings at Sprlngvllle. He 
applicants for baptism, 


other appllc 
s known at other series oi 
2, Ephrata, Pa., Jan. 23. 

Martin commenced a series 

losed Jan. 17, with twelve 

vhom have been baptized. 

baptized who made their 

Buena. VlBta ( 

arch met In council Jan. 12, 
.residing. Bro. H. H. Nocklei 

Pugh and wife ; 

i Bro. Hugh Mille: 

day. Bro. Decker 

-Bro. Russel C. Wenger. 
i Sunday morning, Jan. 17 
>on be in progress. — Jos. H 

■e now in the midst of a 
large. Thirty-one 
stored. — S. A. 


uest of Bro. S. E. Decker, wh 

t this place, and his colaborer 

: this time duly 

We hav 
unday-achool and Christian Work' 
r . T. Pugh as superlntendi 

Of the Sunday- 
of our Christian 
Vista, Va., Jan. 1C. 

Mount Vernon.— Eld. N. C. Ree 
a series of meetings at the Glen 
very Interesting sermons by Brc 
little band of members. Brethri 
Frost were elected deacons. Slst 
clerk and treasurer; Bro. K'-lmer 

, under his efficient . 


Teeter, Williams, Oregon, Jar 


congregation will begin, rj 

a day during 

amheim, Pa., Jan. 18. 

Monday evening, Dec. I 
stmas program, rendered 
o'rty members of > 

The oldest schol; 

■leeted officers for 
lS superintendent; th 

of the Sunday-si'lio.i 

Sunday-school i 

D. H. Baker, called : 

In charge; 
Streeter, clerk, 
held a three we. 
tended, and gc 
Chewelah, Wash. 

f Spr 

of Sprlngdale, 

i congregation met In council D 
Our elder, Bro. Jasper Barntlu 
elected for 


Russell Hou: 

ter was received, 

i, at the WH. 
presided. Of 
follows — 

riter, Sunday- 

in, treasurer; samuei nayei*, cnun n w-.i.-,..., 
o-'cretary; the writer, correspondent, One 1 
series of meetings begins Feb. 
conducted by_Bro. Driver, of Virgin! 



.' prr. K r: 

nont is 


paring a 

on the 



to make 

one of 


3. Flory's 


a h 

ne young 


a progra 

Jan. 22 is set for a delegati 
a trip to Huntingdon, Pa., to e 
meetings. Dec. 21 Sister Reld; 
Christian mother, died, leaving I 
sorrowing husband. Several of 
ill at this writing. 

Feb. 1 it will be a year since Brother and Sister John W. 
Mills took up pastoral work in Morrcllvillc It is grati- 
fying to nolc the progress of all lines of church work 
during that time. Fifty-five have been baptized, one died, 
two were added by letter and seven letters were granted. 
The attendance has wonderfully increased at the preach- 
ing services, and the attendance at Sunday-school has 
more than trebled. A Christian Workers' Meeting has 
been organized. Several deacons are to be elected in 
the near future. Sunday evening, Jan. 3, a very appro- 
priate Sunday-school officers and teachers' installation 
service was held in Morrellville. Eld. S. W. Pearce made 
the address. He dwelt largely upon the importance, 
credness and responsibility of the va 

All three of our Sisters' Aid Soc: 
ceptionally busy and successful in 
during the past year. Through their efforts V.ewmont 
and Pleasant Hill churches were carpeted, and a big pay- 
ment was made on the Roxbury heater, besides other 
deeds of charity. 

R. D. S, Johnstown, Pa., Jan. 12. Jerome E. Blough. 


labors of love 

Spittle, Wash. He 


In memory of Bro. Daniel Christian Flory, and in con- 
sideration of the services rendered in our behalf, in the 
two revivals which he conducted for us in 1899 and 1901 
we, the Summit congregation, Va., pass the following reso- 

First, that we express our prayerful sympathy to the be 
reaved wife and children. inhnrs 

Second, that we acknowledge the emelency or nis ...oo . 
which resulted In f 

which he so devotedl 

Fourth, that a co| 

the family, that a c 

pel Measengei 

-,„ i lit, 

Daily News-Record, 
church book. 

Gospel principles 

"resolutions be presented to 
: for publication In th. Glo- 
bally News, and In the Har- 

25. Morgantown, W. Va, 

, J. T. Glick, B. H. Cr. 

Notes from Our Correspondents. 

The Following Note., Crowded Out of La.t I.. U e Art 

Given Space on This Page. 


forC^r^f- "/r '''I'"""''? hold cottage Sunday-school 

Raphael F. Shearer :,,,- t", „,",,,!„' „ ,? "":>>"* and Sister 

have been holding ,. rl ,, , " ,, " lr "»idence. where "* 

past year Si..!,.,- i i, ... , ,. .Su,,da.\ -school for the 

THE GO SPEL MESSENGER-January 30, 1915. 

Kansas Olty Mtsslo ._r,a st evening we held a oo,,™il „ 

L eCglf SHtJr'He.™ '<?"» T e he " r " er "' as ch » s « «'*"' 
nHe D d \f. *i , , en C - Bar ker and Sister Crist n™ 

Sister wM^ ea,, „ ot our Sunday-sc ,1, sister Barker and 

KjarTwafrT; Chr ! 8,la » Workers' oincers i" Gen? 
B U 7-,H" ] ^ ^ -e a ML1S„'B„ard hl warpr M 'e"„ 8 r"s ln b i 

All our servl,,.." ,,!',, ',. ur , &,"n,lay-schnol Is nearly 100. 

fever'Sas'/an"'!/''"^ *- -™*~»ta. Badger, 

."^iT: 3 ™- »• . <",B«d«w.,,r i O,.,.«, va.. 

"26 Bro'.' MyTrs' began™ .e^VC.*:,, d 
• "sing Bro. McCann's "Outline on theBook 

i attendano 


Romans. „ ,.. , 

fnte^ti?.?- MH,er - a ' S0 ° f Bri ^ewater Col.ege^ave u, ». 
Hi" Knnt] itrar ti° n i * ft?" 3 Bl "°- Myers a ^ ai " gave us one of 
called ta'the MlStrv hv M,7° th th&Se y ° un& br ethren were 
m *-..- i ,'.t_ in «wy by this congregation, and we are glad 

met In council Dec. 12, with Bro. 
reorganized our Sunday-school. 
■>nths, with Bro. T. W. \ 

Maud Shock, secre 


ceived. Could the don 

them T om =,.,- . """ — ■ --"-^ joy ror the helD elvun 

[mount ,o °Z " p", n n , , l "r 1V "" i ' ;n "'■'''• "'" ; "»" Bl've the same 
Cla" and Sister Eshelman ^"S.. W S" ,<"- . Ka ." sas : Brother 

Two letters of membership 

Neff ] 


Olemtora — On Sunday morning Jan 1n is™ c ,, 
preached for us and In the , o, i, ' Barklow 

Arthfel " ■""""• *»'«*. fc*y,.rt' s ®™°„ 
These e roui° a ,m'| f ono'''wi?7y k '',' '° Ur ai > p,IM for membership.' 
II'" liny l-.dl.nvliiL- i.-....'" "<■'"",', Previously, ivere bnpllsed 

*i«i,i % were Sunday-.schonI 

ble Normal here. Bro *Esh'elrr 
and the Book of Revelation. s'lster'Esheln 
to tne women an d g| r i s Bro E „ h , 
and hnvo .. .u... i.=ntiman 

for X^ra„^lr;eS„F^ T ^» a " R -"»^=■ 

ntrlbutlon, S2.G0. Bro! lease Wlleoi |„ ™ , S , 130 - 19: 
- ""others' Society .ml si 1 . , P reai "ent ol 
, J' er L ™na Miller Is 

retary. On Sunday avenfiyV Jan 

m was rendered. Bro c P a«m« " ." - ■ 

was elected to, fill a 

her appointments 

slon Board. Vari< 


^u.i.mittee to secure thn . 

Prof "sutelSf."i* f R S EST s^oo!"' A^tVTast ctH^rl 

! degree of the ministry 

Imperial Valley \ 

■ O. E. Gil] 



Jan. 2. We elected 




horister; Bro. 
Bro. Albert 

O. Ku 


preside ... 

lett, HoltvineTcal. 


.Periatondent, an" S S^^Tl^t 

tary-treasurer. ' "wV'have a 

school, which Is Increasing. On Christ 

Roy Crist was advanced' 

-Ermal Bllckenstaff, cjulnter; Kans.. ._ 

Blagely church met In cn,.„.,ii t 
Imler presiding. S s iTS-ike ws presen? "? 
BreSren'^n'r"? Wrse" ZS'JTm' *"" °" WaS ' 
co„ 1 „„c,ea"oy th |,d J Tike S S!!fi^«»™« 
Will be Installed K. Reber. Rldfely™ Md/, '£ 


D 0e p„ otOT ._ We met ,„ Bro T T Sim 

and wife were with us. Bro Simmons nr.tid. , £ slmmona 
! " ed Our council 

Neff is to be advanced f^'n 
■• A number of our Suntey.S™ 1 1"^" 
i chnrci, i Q ^. "' ^unaay-school scholars 

Pleasant mil c.. ull; . , 

l"'l Presided Chore ^m C(JU " C " Jan. 9. Bit 

Hylton„!L,Sr ° fflom ."'"' oleeted for 

Two respondent. On Siind 
Ice, and at 11 A. M. y 
Hylton. — Alvertie Sov 

» , „„ r rs '. R :. I) - 2 ' Wl '"s. Va., Jan. 13. ' ' 

1. P. S. Miller' presiding Tw„ S „ aaSeml,lea '" °°»<">»' With 
ilded to add our birthday offerl"' " ce,ve<1 by >«»". We 

:te6 ' alf'lrS^ ,?• "JL"-" «™. ws°s r apr.n,e^ 

^.. Elghty-mre. 

that the Brethren have not"' 

1 saw In tlie Gospel Messeng^ 

-■ — 6. =on ounoay- "'"'"'« un ji.m aociety. 
Day we had a nice April.— Etta Fahnestock 

ng 1 

" m £ U c ^ ll "'chhouse near"Hoiiln_ 


dee,'i°1' , Th j" Methodists built "th 

°°' Ch "'" h "■•.?.".""«« Of ^ P urchasT„g"aTaif 

R. D. 


Mineral Creelt. — At our council 

James, elder In charee;"^ M? S °T N^ner,' Snn- 

' c , b' , „ e rc'!, U " aln f » -'» '" 'S&ST. „,., 
On Su„oay 8 morn , I„'g h r. S „ U ",' ,ay eaCh bodj ' sha " ""'d 
ti.„ ^ "' " e were pleasantly sur- 

- a d . n ' ar ' of cl "cago w. 

Ve had line crops la 

i'sf^ssitasra. 1 . ou , r ir"" b "• ^« 

me ,,,, wa y .l ( Srv I „rRe„ cn , ,"g,a de SS Colt 

iry Wine was chosen ^_ r „. 

Wth Bro. KeniiL-lh Wevbrlci.t . ■ "" — «.""*'" 

nd,n! E S' r Sir',! i," 1 ^" ss-s 

ur Chrlsllan \ Vl '„ „e, ■»■ uJu," e . * Ja„ S 2 ta ""' er ' cresl - 

Webster Kurt" of Si., ?"£ S chrlat "as 
mal. His work was verj ■ fnt.'reSS ' m .' i "'"-' i a B ">'e Nor- 
Ida Mohler, Brethren Moses "eter end r, ? ^"^ Ve ' S,ster 
committee to seenie ,,, *,-/,.? Li Mo 'iler are our 

Leeton, Mo., Ja„ !J 6VM S e »st for 1915._Mary Mohler, 


^Bertbold-Our Christmas program was postponed „„.„ Jan . 

SS." 'u aC>,er ' °" s ""day m.71, ."'.."S 1 ." 1 ?""? 
Miller preached for us <1 

dressed us Mrs r ,,1^, oi,". '.' "," *' "*' E,,u - - J - tl. M 

Roanoke, Va„ Jan Is Shlckel . S3" Second Avonu 
^Timbervaie church' met In cc 
presiding. Four letters 

i„ M i„ E I a -/'' H ;>»" a 7id.: 


, IhO 

'or our church du 

is elected as our elder in 
. Osee Prantz, trcLsurcri ■ 
spondentr" At"rn Sf ^ ee ^ t; . the writer, 

our members, 

As a sister to do thi'„„, 

lommended a paslor insle-.J n, T ' k 
» P«t forth an effort i„ ,„„, a s„i able mlnN, 

i-s: SnerfTo'f ^o"^^^?^ £ K 

but" t C he S, i„"e"r°es°t 0t was go'ed 6 ' 1, at " !n ' le o as It might L,°'S, 
v£r ogra ?'' s ' ven by th « ehil- 

1 Inspire them 


slsted of special mu 

Three appropriate papers' 

people's Bible class. It was an insnlr"«t'inn".""°ii"* i" e '"™ s 

ty-elght little ones, ranging IT. l!,"*' , We "- 

Prim S 8 :rv ra s n u , pe'riX a „ r d tl . f r o , " e,r Part - Mac " " lit Is du^our 


Olrolevllle.— On Sunday evening Dec 27 „,„ ^u , . 

" "Ty S e r rd,e e „ a ce by ^""^hooiVplle toa'^l. 

. V undred U, TSdre„ ,8 ^re S0 g 1 ,yf„"I„^ a " a r a , th " 

Savior ,„ song and stor?" ff. ™£™ fth^r 

1 this iiace ;.;':»:; ;;; v u "„,^ h r ease 

Abram Thomas who™ ^ f last of T 

illie Chandle_ , 

system The Sunday-school 

._... 15. -rank Harris, Stuarts Draft, 

White Bock congregation met In mutiMI i,„ « „, _ 

Reed presided. Two letters «- cou ncll Jan. 2. Eld. Wyatt 

Wyatt Reed, elder in charp - t?. ?, rantert - ^'c chose Bro. 

Acie Burnette, treasure. Bro' % X l* COe Reed ' Clerk; Bro - 



: well rendered 

full house, 

on Christum-: j_mv 
appreciated by all pr^„ cll , 

leaderahi^'of Brt BJorkUind, w^ST thl 

.—Charles Harshl.arger, 

o 6 S o U th M*&£z$ri£F2ECi 

n * .. ILLINOIS 

, st e^ff.—Our church met In co 
a goodly num 

spirit of j 

A will 

- 'ailed. 

Ol' h,js 

'■ J- Shumaker, treas- 


™Eir B c„ur?l, fJ!Z&n?"Ef™jtr°™ - 

Mr,,ual._,Mr,, oiu'e CaLir^r^trAv^'sS 

highest for 1914, being'e7ghtv"siv 

with the outlook form' yS w e ^ le n ! 1 nr muc (! h encouraged 
teachers.— Mrs N A Conovpr or, I Sunday-school 

Circleville, Ohio, Jan 'l4 th Pick away Street, 

.^.t!SST55riSJ fhuSh^n ss-»s« a -« 

meeting. It was decided to £ 6 ' for an a"-day 

October. Bro. John^G'-McQuafe 'was r'ee.e'eT-'-^ " ,Mt "* 

another year; Bro. G. A. Cassel, elerk'of 

ow?„g"„ lM f re P,'l Sister JosephiL 

weather, the 

reelected trustee; Bro. Colo.. Jan 

. 111., Jan. 


Powell w „ .. 

The attendance has been 

L!?? 1 ".? 8 - fo r m oro good 

by Bro. George Swinart," "of 
e have had meetings for one 

e meetings 

■ fulness. In the afternoon Sis. 
3 also dressed a girl in native 
'Jfl, !. consisted of reclta- 
avs by the olde- 

Marklcy, Plymouth, rnu 
u f^r~U°^ d^^V' »«"'-». I»o-. was 
^ a short OnHeS^oTran, wis ^\T t L °h^™ S 
ed with a short enloy.hio .^n ? y he children, 

.v,. „. , ,,,,.,-,..- ;.„ V V Ik ''V Bio. F.idelv. He 

Wtlon met ,„ council jam '.'.'""^ ■"". , _"«"»*._ Our 

oreu^nVd^e^rou'r ^.^ SCT j« °* mSnS" ^ 

Milton, Ohio, who 

his sickness and ! 

Our series of meetings' win "oe'giY Jan'. z , 

"■- Preaching.—Joseph H. stark 

.^..^^'""t-By the feigned at the home of the 

"-' I Tay M J u ;',£ e ™r S,0 S u °'»^°of y R F oe r ky 
Biorklund, Rocky Ford. Colo "' °' F ° W,er ' Co.o.-John 

.*ro\%^ B V^\»"*°™!e"J'. « 'he home of the brlde 

Grace Kra'll. — , 


' in February. On 

Tadmor, Ohio, Jan. IB. 

■ In charge for holse 

"aiue. piesld.-Ll. He was chosen as 

"nether year. Brethien Peter Ki,,ii 7-',' ■ '.'"'.' '" ch arge for 

Batcher were eleclcl in,.,..,. ,-',! ' ,■', 'y.^' :,: " m Md John 

„■•,.- , . ro ' Lawrence White .„,,, * s . su Perin- 

over Sunday, and gave us n', ' Br0 - R » r 'rH remained 
Neptune, Connersvllle, Ind„ Jan 1 ™ pr<i '" !,V(! sermons.— Anna 

_ , IOWA. 

stereoptlcon lectu 


TresiXg" m o e rBeers C0U f;r C "th I e a °ye 2 ;r , *werf ' a ', ^ f 0ver - 

Co^reTma?"?™^ .Fft,"! « "~ ^„h and 

1 month and l dav si d DeCi 1 ' 191 4 aged 

Nettle Creek ehurcl',. InteSnt i^tte^NeSiJo '"L. " " ,e 

Si™ rf ""'"• B'onntsyille, Ind " " le Cre6k ceme - 

'" B -°' £l*i.*»'.!!-.""»ff.t »o„ of Bro. Mart ,„ aM 

'. died , 

unable adequately 

. correspondent;' sister Yordly 
'"- Committee;' 

■ Sunday-school, owing 

» brothei 


Pauline Overholser, Bandon Oregon Ja? aPPreclated.- 

e,e B c,e U d V Bro: rm. C s T e i a, . 1 °".™« '» oouncll Dec. 30. w 

t Moses Deardorff to hold , 

Lord's Day. March 

ir R n , % a "«lously awaiting 
■r, H. D. 1, Gowrle. Iowa, Jan. K 

writer was ,-, ^ .'indley Wolfe, librarians The 

Flora 'C C s h e c S r«af > '; n "wTSis? '"""'"'ondent, wS'sister 
both in the church "i™ ■ f !, S raa e tl,is a oanner year 
Belts, Robinson, Pa„ Jan. 12. Sun <lay-school._Russel'l D.' 


ersTrd,t UrC B^ e M . , V prs J ".■, 1 c i h„T t, ' ^ M ' » F «" 

love feast will be held Ihtp "t^V^^ " ^ kers ' Me etlne. Our 
meetings Is verv Jn«Lj.„ , 23, Tlie attendance at our 

«<y encouraging, and we are praying for a good 

the Amisli Meiinonite church 

death. He leaves his parents 

An tnfant sister precerior] hi' 

Rock Run cemetery Servir;;* "I ^ tn - Int erment In the 

Allen Yoder, pastor'of HmTa™? . \» Same p]ace bv Rev 

^Bro. I. u Berkey and the^rltet^TCavt'. SSS?" 

f r c to F,r.'on^dS Jan,' l^SfnS ^7^ "« — 
5 months and 6 days. For several months I"" ae . ea 4 yMrs ' 

T e r'o™tv n , t „e, in va. ,he T " 0UtW " 6 ceme.L^IVankle ^nowaltlr" 
riory, Clarence Martin son t c 

Flory. born J |, ;; , . ] S; ; \ u ^ L '"ms""" S ' Ster Sarah 

Co°«°nt h y*. Kans 2 leb%» i» s T b0r " °- na "'^d" " Douglas 
His death was caused bv in . n? ma " le < 1 'o Ruth Hodles 
gasoline engine, his clothes i. ,' ' Whlle operating his 

' B,hK" A tw ,° brothers and two 
nston Creek church by Breth- 

ent in tile cemetery near by^c I'm' ^ mos ,: u ~ 'nte'r- 

Oeiser, Sister Nancy aLgn'tTr o^'t^'. .' Rlcn,a no. Kans. 

" suier or the late John and Mary 

Gefser, died a. t m 
Geiaer, Smithburg, Md Tnn 9 

day. Sister G*iser was" tH „i' 1 ' 1B * a *ed 78 , WI .., 

dren, and a faithful member of 1%^'^' °! th,rteen ^il- 

member of the Church of the Brethren 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 

Interment in the 

children. Her husband 
„ A n children survive ■ g^y, 

a ...■■"•>;" Z' r ?wl^y'S° "writer 
.Mil sixty-live veais. aeivic 
church at New Centervlllt 
...... W -Silas Hoover Somer 

BllkArma, LyJi« A.. d,ed . J '"-,„ 1 -;,„Vf,f;',. Township Sept. 
,-enter Tnwn.shll.. ^'"'"^ "„; ,.;,,,. ,;hrlstl:.n ana Esther 
7 1S43. helnn the il.uifciu' ' marl -i e d Nov. 5. lSb&. to Sain- 
istu.lelial.e, > """■'"'■ ■"'.;.,;..«■ also five children. A "'Other 
uel J. Hildel', " j"^ ; % he " ^ a3 a n active member of the 
and sister also sui\i\' ■ neloved lor tier many kindnesses 
church ^r nfty ; one year,. Beloved ^ & «™» "5 

----> needy, sue •■ „ ntire nfe. Services at then 
FZSL'ZSKZSSi. assisted WJ*. write. 

w ' ;l 's the mother o£ 
child preceded 


„ a . Services by the v 
2 W Tim Vfl -Joseph Troxel, Caldwell. Kans. 
" Btepbaa Bro. Adaj ;f ^^j;^'!^, motion 

,,,,u T ' ;,'i£ "ii-i ■'""■ s - ,;,i; - :i ^ 1 :,T y " ,,rs ' 


Xeim, Bro. Louis 

) Cushing i 

, South Bend, 

South uenu, »■■"■ 
1831, in Somerset Coun 

"ml 'lived' Yaitl.fuTuMll death 

, .... Church o«_th. / Brrth 
UtMulu.xt.uj..... H« moved 
, years ago. _Marcr, JJ, 18. 

I Bay County, 


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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— January 30, 1915. 



n Open Bible and the Whole House of iHroe 


cxts that Have Helped Me. By Elizabeth H 


a.'*— P. D. Anthony. The Book of Life. — 
i Judy. Are You a False Witness? — Ada- 
ery. What Is Beautiful?— Katie Flory. 
t;s. —K/.r/i Plory. Sunday-school Lesson 


xt Thanksgiving Meetl 
iron church, conducted by Eld. E: 
He preached two very inspiring : 

Committees and Churches 01 

■ mhi;m " M.iulv Spring 


We had an interesting love feast, attended by many 
of our beloved members from neighboring churches— the 
Greentree church on the one side, and Coventry, our 
mother church, on the other. It seemed so brotherly for 
these dear ones, of like precious faith, to come and partake 
of the love feast with us. 

Then, later, we held a series of meetings, Bro. Hol- 
singcr, pastor of the Coventry church, doing the preach- 
ing. Quite a number of his members came with him and 
assisted in the singing, helping to make the meetings in- 
teresting and impressive. During the year, seven mem- 
bers have been added to our number, and we feel encour- 
aged in the thought that we are growing. We have missed 
very much' the presence and help of our elder, Bro. J. P. 
Metric. He had not been able to meet with us for several 
months in our church services, but is now able, under fav- 
orable conditions, to come again.- He and his family are 
faithful attendants, and manifest much interest in the 
Parkerford church, as well as in the church at large. 
One of our dear members, Bro. Ellis, father of Sister 
Metric, has lately passed the ninety-third milestone on 
the journey of life. He has been a man of special qualifi- 
cations along various lines! He has a poetical turn of 
mind, shown in both composing and memorizing. It is 
astonishing how he memorizes what he now reads. He is 
(|uite interesting company. 

Bro. Jacob Conner, who has been an active minister in 
the church for many years, has passed beyond his four- 
,-igorous yet. in body and mind, 
ally. Bro. Charles Frick, an- 
il, is sure to be in his place of worship 
lgs, when the weather is not too severe, 
ame to renew, his subscription for the 
r, it slipped his memory to send in his 
name, though usually he renews early. He writes: "So 
good a publication ought not to be neglected." 

We have many good people here, and we should like 
to tell of each of them. We feel we can not miss our 
good brother, Doctor Brower, who has lived his three- 
score and ten years. When the sunset gates unbar, may 
the Lord be the light all the way, of these our brethren, 
till they reach the heavenly home in the glory land. My 
prayer for us all is: "So teach us to number our days, 
that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom" (Psa. 90: 
12). and continue faithful to the Lord and his church, 
that, when the journey is ended, we may hear the Master's 
" Well done." Mrs , j. T M 

Parkerford, Pa., Jan. 18. 


re years, 



still pre 



er octogc 


en the t 



pel Mes 


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"By J. L. Motley. 
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Daily Light, Morning' Hour. 

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Balryman's Baug-hter, The, Leigh Richmond. 

Down in a Mine. 

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Line Upon Line, Mrs. M. Mortimer. 

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The Gospel Messenger 


Vol. 64. 

Elgin, 111., February 6, 1915. 

No. 6. 


Alabama to Be " Dry." 

There is general rejoicing, in the camp of prohibition 
hosts, that Alabama, in its recent action, decided by two 
related measures, to become a prohibition State July 1, 
next. Though Governor Henderson saw fit to veto the 
bills, and asked that the prohibition question be submit- 
ted to voters at a special election, both houses voted down 
his proposal and put the bills upon their final passage by 
overwhelming majorities. The measures reenact the pro- 
hibition law repealed in 1911, after having been in force 
two years. It is asserted that the State is now likely to 
be permanently enrolled among the dry States of our 

great Union. 

Europe Calls for the Word. 

From individual Christian workers and from Bible So- 
cieties in Russia, Austria, Germany, France, Switzerland 
and Scotland, strong calls are being made for assistance in 
giving, to the vast armies of Europe, an ample supply of 
the Word of God. A letter from Bishop John L. Nuelsen, 
at Zurich, Switzerland, tells of the formation of a strong 
committee in that country, to cooperate with existing 
agencies in Bible distribution. Already calls have been 
received for at least 4,000 copies of the New Testament 
in the Russian language, to be distributed among the 
Russian prisoners of war in Germany. They have plenty 
of time to read, and seem to be remarkably receptive to 
the truth. A distribution of the Living Word, therefore, 
would seem to be particularly opportune at the present 

further the coming of his reign of grace." It is to be 
hoped that the spirit of humility, as evidenced in the above, 
may bring about renewed consecration, and hasten a 
speedy settlement of the most deplorable conflict. 

A Bible Depository at the Panama Canal. 

With characteristic promptitude and a readiness that 
makes use of every opportunity in the extension of the 
Kingdom, the American Bible Society has decided upon 
the building of a "distribution station" at the Panama 
Canal. In order that every sailor, passing through the 
great waterway, may, if not already supplied, have a copy 
of the Word of Life, it is proposed that the Scriptures 
in 127 languages shall be kept in readiness. Every 
mariner is to have access to the Holy Oracles in his own 
tongue, thus proclaiming " the wonderful works of God " 
to whosoever will hear. One is reminded of Pentecostal 
experiences by this latest endeavor of the Bible Society, 
for truly there is hardly a people on earth to whom the 
Word may not come with its message in their own lan- 
guage. — 

Idaho's New Governor. 

Moses Alexander, the recently-inaugurated Governor 
of Idaho, claims the distinction of being the only Jew who 
has ever been elected to such a position in any State of 
the Union. Some of his proposed reform measures, as 
outlined in his message to the State Legislature, are 
worthy of note: To secure needed reduction in taxation, 
he would begin at the State capital and extend his restric- 
tive measures to every county, municipality and school 
district in the State. He suggests that his own salary be 
reduced from $5,000 to $3,600, and that a like and propor- 
tionate reduction be made in other officers' salaries. That 
plan, while effective, will hardly strike a popular chord 
among officials throughout the State. Statewide prohibi- 
tion is strongly insisted on by the new Governor, and there 
are good prospects that a proposition to that end, if 
passed, will be a permanent blessing to the worthy people 
of that enterprising Western State. 

Reassuring Reports. 
Concise information, recently gathered by the At 
Board of Foreign Missions, sets at rest many dire fore- 
bodings and distressing rumors that have persistently 
been advanced. Apparently missionaries at most of the 
points have been drawn closer to the people than ever, 
and this is especially true of American workers. Mission 
work in India is described as moving on unhindered. 
Americans in Turkey were at a loss, for a time, to pro- 
cure needed funds for the support of the missionary enter- 
prises confided to their care, but by the cooperation of 
the Turkish authorities this matter was satisfactorily dis- 
posed of. China's mission stations, except those in Shan- 
tung, are prospering, being far more concerned about their 
own development than the issues of the European war. 
In Japan the carefully-planned three-year evangelistic 
campaign is well under way. and quite promising. 

Will the Lesson Be Heeded? 

Our readers will remember that German professors and 
theologians formulated a joint address to neutral nations, 
justifying Germany's course in the great war. Forty-two 
prominent English professors and theologians replied to 
this, and now another statement has been made by the 
German scholars. While the line of defense, originally 
taken, is still adhered to, the close of the latest address 
shows a most commendable abatement of the bitterness 
and hatred characterizing the first communication, as will 
be seen in the following: "In the hardships of this war 
we recognize the just judgment of Almighty God upon 
the Christian peoples, and we can not close our hearts 
to his sacred voice. Let it be our earnest prayer that 
some day a purified and renewed Christianity may again 
live in honorable peace. The wounds of war being healed, 
may we be allowed, by humble service, to overcome the 
calamities and wrongs, now obstructing the progress of 
the Kingdom. God can and will, if we allow this chas- 
tisement to bring us to repentance, employ the same to 

Disappearance of the Red Man. 
If we may judge by returns of the thirteenth United 
States Census Report, the Indian is slowly disappearing, — 
not all tribes, to be sure, but the race in general. At the 
dawn of American history at least three hundred thousand 
Indians roamed the wide expanse of our land. Today 
fewer than half that number are to be found. Some of 
the tribes are said to have disappeared completely. Other 
tribes have gradually been absorbed by the more vigorous 
divisions of their race. Some interesting questions, raised 
in this connection, are these: " Can a people, wholly giv- 
en to a roving, savage life, permanently survive in civili- 
zation? Can it successfully adapt itself to education, 
clothing, and the general demands of civilization?" While 
a few of the Indians have not only made great advance- 
ment materially but also intellectually, they are the ex- 
ception rather than the rule. Without question, the fu- 
ture of the race is not as promising as one might wish. 


The Facts in the Case. 
issue of the " National Liquor Deale: 


As a " sign of the times," and that, too, an indication 
of better days coming, we note that several suspensions 
of breweries throughout our land tell a story all their 
own, the meaning of which is readily understood in the 
light of passing events. The largest of these concerns, 
recently forced to suspend, is the Hoster-Columbus Brew- 
ery Company, a $12,000,000 corporation of Columbus, 
Ohio, which passed into the hands of receivers upon order 
of the United States District Court. Among the reasons 
assigned for this most conspicuous failure we note these 
words: " Decreased demand for beer, adverse legislation, 
and the voting ' dry ' of many States and counties in the 
last eight years." And so the cause of sobriety and 
decency goes marching on. 

Journal" the statement is made that "the worst bigot of 
all is the man who deprives a struggling wage worker of 
his employment, simply because he thinks that a glass of 
beer, now and then, does him good, and takes one. The 
bigot who casts a worker of this class and his family on 
the cold world, is a tyrant and a fiend," — says the "Jour- 
nal." Let us see. There is not the least hesitancy, on 
the part of the brewery interests, to decrease the beer 
drinker's real efficiency fifty per cent or more, in order to 
fill the coffers of the saloonist. Of course, they still ex- 
pect that a one hundred per cent wage rate be paid for this 
largely-decreased efficiency. It may appear all right to the 
brewers, but it will not work with the business world. 
Nowadays every business man insists upon "value re- 
ceived" for the stipulated wage, and he docs not care to 
run chances on a decreased output by reason of liquor. 
Judging by the rigid rules, now being enforced by em- 
ployers of labor against the use of liquor, the doom of the 
drinking employe is practically sealed. 

Why Not Deal Gently? 
Recently Mr. Osborne, a social worker of some note, 
was appointed as superintendent of Sing Sing, N. Y., 
penitentiary. His plan of employing new and eminently 
humane methods of administration is arousing much dis- 
cussion. Old-time prison officials denounce the new order 
of things as being weak and inefficient. Others, who are 
looking at the matter from the standpoint of Christlike 
sympathy, contend that Mr. Osborne's plan, judiciously 
applied, is sure to result in the reformation and uplift 
of the men behind the bars. A prominent representative 
of a New York City paper was permitted to spend, ex- 
perimentally, three days in the prison, wearing the uni- 
form and sharing in the usual routine of prison work. He 
declares most emphatically that a new and more whole- 
some atmosphere prevails throughout the prison, and 
that great good will ultimately result. Since it has been 
shown again and again that old-time prison discipline has 
hardened men rather than brought about their reform, 
why not apply principles of fairness and equity, so amply 
emphasized by the Great Teacher? Severity and op- 
pression have long enough been the leading elements of 
prison administration, and proved their utter inefficiency 
in bringing about real betterment. Let New Testament 
methods now show their practical superiority! 

Wise Heads Needed. 
Just now, while important issues are pending, which, if 
not carefully watched, may plunge our nation into serious 
complications, wise heads, calm judgment and steady 
nerves are greatly needed at our national capital. The 
struggle among the belligerent nations for food and sup- 
plies is growing keener, as urgent necessity gets a strong- 
er hold upon them. Our position, as a neutral nation, is 
daily becoming more difficult, as the demands of the fight- 
ing nations become more insistent. All are looking this 
way for sympathy, money, food, etc., and considerable 
jealousy is being engendered. Added to this, those in 
authority at Washington have to contend with various 
factions here at home, fully as partisan in their views. We 
may well pray for "the powers that be," in this time of 
great perplexity, that wisdom may guide them in all their 

Millions to Educational Work. 
Mr. John D. Rockefeller's General Educational Board 
has just issued a report, covering the first twelve years of 
its activities. This Board administers funds, set apart by 
the generous donor, for education throughout the United 
States, " without distinction of race, sex or creed." Tak- 
ing into account the funds disbursed through the General 
Educational Board, and the funds still on hand, together 
with those secured as a result of the efforts of the Board 
to induce others to give, a total amount of $117,362,710,24 
has been dedicated to the cause of education in the 
United States. The Board has in its hands $33,939,156.89. 
Using its funds with a view of inducing others to co- 
operate along the same line, $44,012,617.36 has been se- 
cured from outside donors. The report delineates the 
general activities of the General Educational Board as 
follows: "(1) All funds are given by Mr. Rockefeller 
to the Board outright and absolutely. (2) Contributions 
to colleges and universities are dependent on these prin- 
ciples: (a) Gifts are conditional upon additional sums to 
be donated by others, (b) Systematic and helpful co- 
operation with institutions established by religious denom- 
inations, (c) Gifts in the form of endowment." 

Lessons to Be Learned. 
Strange, indeed, would it be if the unfortunate Euro- 
pean war did not suggest some lessons well worth pon- 
dering,— lessons, too, that should arouse serious attention, 
and lead to immediate and definite action. Leading edu- 
cators are acknowledging that too long has the war spirit 
been fostered by placing undue emphasis upon the hero- 
ism and martial spirit of the soldier, in practically all his- 
torical books and readers used in our schools. Not 
enough emphasis has been laid upon the gentle and benef- 
icent achievements of peace. Parents, even, are censured 
for not always exercising proper care in the selection of 
toys for their children. In purchasing toy guns and sol- 
diers as playthings, and further developing the war spirit 
by giving them books, largely devoted to the glorification 
of martial encounters, parents are undoubtedly sowing to 
the spirit of violence and retaliation, rather than the pro- 
motion of peace and gentleness. Many, who never gave 
the matter serious attention, are now convinced that real 
heroism and patriotism are not in any way nurtured by 
war. We have learned that the genuine hero may readily 
prove his worth in the everyday affairs of life, and that 
the best patriot is he who excels in the duties and obli- 
gations of citizenship in a time of peace. In times like 
these we realize the truthfulness of Wellington's words: 
" War is a most detestable thing." Napoleon, the greatest 
warrior of the last century, when exiled on the lonely isle 
of St. Helena, and reviewing the achievements of his life, 
frankly confessed: "The more I study the world, the 
more am I convinced of the inability of brute force to 
create anything durable." 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 


not* to "be 01 

3Lp&T^ui£rJ*s t * 

Hope On. 

There was never a day so misty or gay 
That the hlue was not somewhere above it; 

There is never a mountain top ever s, , bleak 
T! 1 at some little llowcr Joes not love it. 

There was never a night so dreary and dark 
That the stars were not somewhere shining; 

There is never a cloud so heavy and black 
That it has not a silver lining. 


a waiting-time weary and lone 
That will not sometime iiave an ending; 
The most beautiful part of the landscape is whe 
Hie shadows and sunshine are blending. 

Upon every life some shadows will fall, 
But Heaven sends the sunshine of love; 

Thro' the rifts in the clouds we may, if we will, 
See the beautiful bine above. 

Then let us hope on, tho' the way be long, 
And the darkness be gathering fast; . 

For the turn in the road is a little way on, 
Where the home lights will greet us at last. 

The Church and Social Service. 

In Two Parts. — Part One. 

Does the church have duties of social service to 
perform? And to what extent shall the church take 
an active part in such activities? These are the ques- 
tions to which we wish to direct the reader's attention 
in titis and a subsequent article. 

Some people have a very narrow idea of the activ- 
ities of the church. They would bound them by 'the 
going in and coming out of, the church door. To 
them the ceremonies of public worship make up a 
very large part of these activities. All other things 
are secular matters, and need not bother the church. 
On the other hand, there are those who believe that 
the church can not divide so clearly between sacred 
and secular; that there are great social questions 
which the church can not ignore ; that salvation is 
not merely for the individual, but that it affects the 
community as a whole. 

Social service formed a large part of the duties of 
Israel. Much of the law, delivered to Moses, as re- 
corded in Iixodus 20 to 23, had to do with social duties 
and obligations. Later, in the decadence of national 
life, the prophets came to them with burning mes- 
sages concerning social duties that were either omitted 
or flagrantly violated. They upbraided their people 
for neglecting the fatherless, the widow, the unfor- 
tunate, and for allowing these to be mistreated by 

Jesus, during his ministry, performed a great social 
service for the people. His first miracle was at a 
social function. He " went about doing good." He 
healed the sick. He fed the hungry. He preached 
justice and honesty for all men. He endeavored to 
establish right relations between man and man, and 
to bring about proper conditions in the community. 
He reached people on the plane where they lived, 
and then led them into higher spiritual truths. In the 
picture that he gives of the judgment of the nations, 
in Matthew 25, the judgment is based largely upon 
the individual's faithfulness in performing social du- 

The Apostolic church performed great social serv- 
ices. They looked after each other's temporal wel- 
fare (Acts 2: 45, 4: 35). They took care of their 
widows (Acts 6). This was an important part of 
their "pure and undefiled religion" (James 1: 29). 
Paul taught the dignity of the social order and right 
relations between men. The home, the community 
and the state were made better because of their work. 
Our successful missionaries have some suggestions 
for us. When we first began our mission work, many 
had the idea that about all a missionary would have 
to do would be to locate in a village and teach and 
preach, and preach and teach. P,ut we find that they 
have many other duties to perform, in order to reach 
the people at all. The sick must be looked after first. 

That is a means of contact. The hungry must be fed. 
Some help must be given to better their home life. 
Some help must be given to teach them how to earn 
their daily bread. The social customs must be taken 
into consideration. Our successful city missionaries 
have similar experiences. To convert the souls of 
the heathen means to transform the community, as 
well as to regenerate the individual souls of men. 

Our fathers of recent times spent more thought on 
this than we do. They took care of one another when 
sick. They helped one another when in distress. 
They saw to it that the brethren were honest in their 
dealings with one another and with the world. They 
visited and spake often one to another. Our selfish- 
ness seems to have gotten the better of us. Even with 
all the modern advantages of communication, many 
live wholly isolated lives. Some, perhaps, have be- 
come so concerned about the man on the opposite 
side of the globe that we can not see the man who 
lives next to us. 

The church and Christians can not evade social 
responsibilities. One of the first questions in the 
Bible is, "Where art thou?" But soon follows an- 
other, "Where is thy brother?" I can not be indif- 
ferent to my brother's welfare. Not only am I to be 
• interested in his soul's salvation, but in his temporal 
welfare, in his health, in his bread, in his home, in 
his relation to his fellows. The church has too often 
wholly ignored its duties, and foolishly overlooked its 
wonderful opportunities along this line. It has let a 
hundred organizations, outside of the church, take up, 
and get credit for, work that the church should have 

It has been frequently charged, of late, that the 
church is losing its hold on the masses. If this be true 
what can it do to regain the confidence? Not by 
turning itself into merely a reform society or a philan- 
thropic organization. Some would have the church 
do this and nothing more. The church will never win 
the masses until it is willing to accept its full mission. 
Paul preached Jesus Christ and him crucified. 

Yes, the cross of Jesus must be held up to a dying 
world. Society needs transformation, but this can 
never be brought about apart from regeneration. The 
church is to show to the world Jesus Christ just as 
he was. That picture will not only show Jesus Christ 
dying for men upon the cross, but it will show Jesus 
living among men and for men. It will show him 
going about doing good. It will show him not only 
making the individual better, but also the community 
better. The church must accept her full mission if 
she would have power in the world with men. But 
more on this point next week. 
-. North Manchester, Ind. 

Sisters Fahnestock, Detter, and Miss Walters. The 
Bible teaching was strongly doctrinal and inspiration- 
al. The problems of church and school were dis- 
cussed by experts. 

At the 3 : 30 hour the visitors were permitted to 
inspect the work of our departments of Agriculture 
and Domestic Science. There was a lecture five 
nights of the week and a sacred concert one night. 
Brethren Kurtz and Culler each gave an illustrated 
lecture on Palestine. The proceeds of these lectures 
will be used to buy books for the Bible Department of 
the College. 

During the week we were honored with a visit by 
a committee from the State University, which in- 
spects the accredited colleges of the State. 

The second semester's work began last Tuesday. 

There are several new students. There are eight 

candidates for the A. B. degree next spring. Three 

of them are ministers in the Church of the Brethren. 

College Bill, McPherson, Kans., Jan. 2$. 

McPherson College, McPherson, Kansas. 


The Bible Institute of McPherson College, which 
closed last night, was one of unusual interest and 
variety. The register shows that between thirty and 
forty churches were represented, there being over 
ninety nonresidents in attendance. One rarely sees 
a body of people more intent on studying the Bible. 
Several of the members of the college board of trus- 
tees were in attendance. As usual, the students took 
advantage of the Institute, and entered enthusiastical- 
ly into the spirit of the occasion. 

The program of the week was more varied than it 
has been for some time. Practically every phase of 
church and school was emphasized by a competent 
corps of instructors. The sermons on Sunday, Jan. 
17, were both preached by our pastor, Bro. A. J. 
Culler. "The Ideals of the Ministry" and "The 
Doctrine of Nonconformity to the World " were the 
subjects, and they were well received. Bro. Culler 
is an able expounder of Biblical doctrines. Yester- 
day, at the morning hour, President D. Webster- 
Kurtz discoursed on " The Doctrine of the Church." 
His plea for a greater degree of church loyalty was 
impressive. In the evening Pastor Culler preached 
on the " Doctrine of Christ." 

During the week there were six hours of work 
offered daily, under the instructorship of Brethren 
Kurtz, Culler, Yoder, Harnly, Mohler, Studebaker, 

The Huntingdon Bible Institute of 1915. 

(Condensed from " Juniata Echo," Huntingdon, Pa., and Pub- 
lished by Hequest) 

The Bible Institute opened on Friday morning, 
Jan. 8, at 9 : 45. The opening address was given by 
President I. Harvey Brumbaugh on " The Purpose of 
Bible Institutes." He referred to the provision made 
for Bible study, as outlined in an early catalogue of 
the institution, and showed how, at the very incipi- 
ency of the work, provision was made for a careful 
study of the Book. He emphasized the importance 
of a scientific, a historical and a critical study of 
the Bible, as well as a devotional study. 

Bro. A. H. Haines gave a series of lectures on 
Biblical Interpretation, Biblical Manuscripts and the 
Pentateuchal Law Codes. He showed how we got our 
English Bible, calling attention to the original manu- 
scripts, their various translations, and how they were 
handed down to us, and, as a result, showed the point 
of view of interpretation. He constantly emphasized 
this one fact, namely: in order to interpret the Bible, 
something must be known of its origin, its history, its 
development and literature. 

Bro. T. T. Myers gave an exposition of the First 
Epistle of Peter. He first introduced his hearers to 
the character and history of Peter, showed how he 
came to write the letter, and emphasized the many 
important and practical teachings contained in this 
First Epistle. It became evident to all who listened 
to the development of this exposition that the letter 
specifically treats of many of the fundamentals of 
Christianity that should govern and control, not only 
the life of the church of today, but also the life of 
the individual Christian man and woman. 

Bro. Paul H. Bowman, pastor of the Bethany Mis- 
sion, of Philadelphia, gave, in one of his courses, an 
exposition of the Galatian Letter. He introduced the 
study by calling attention to the geographical situa- 
tion and location of the Galatian churches and the 
different types of faith and civilization in these re- 
spective localities at the time of the writing of the let- 
ter. He then developed the doctrinal ideas found in 
the Epistle, showing clearly the teaching of the Apos- 
tle Paul, as he emphasized the value of full and prac- 
tical Christianity, over against that of legalism. 

Bro. J. H. Cassady, pastor of the Church of the 
Brethren, of Huntingdon, Pa., gave a series of practi- 
cal talks on the Pastor, Personal Work, Evangelism 
and Missions. Bro. Cassady, because of his expe- 
rience as a pastor and evangelist, was able to make 
this part of the program helpful and practical, and 
those who heard him felt like going out and doing 
more personal work. 

The subject of Prayer was discussed by Bro. C. C. 
Ellis. He spoke on "The Need and Privilege of 
Prayer," on the petition, " Lord, Teach Us to Pray," 
and " The Power of Prayer," and also gave an expo- 
sition on the Lord's Prayer. All went out from these 
discourses feeling a deeper interest in, and a fuller 
appreciation of, the real meaning and significance of 

The temperance instruction of the program was 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 

presented by Eld. P. J. Blough of Hooversville, Pa., 
and also by Bro. W. J. Swigart. This subject elicited 
much interest inasmuch as the temperance question 
is not only one of the leading questions, now before 
the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, but also before 
the country at large. 

The work of the adult Bible class was presented by 
Bro. O. R. Myers, of the College faculty. Bro. Myers 
is the Secretary of the " Organized Adult Class 
Work," of Huntingdon County, and from his expe- 
rience was able to bring much that will be practical 
and helpful to all who are interested in this most im- 
portant part of church and Christian work today. 

Bro. William Howe, of Meyersdale, Pa., gave two 
periods in opening up some general Biblical topics. 
Brother Howe's experience, as a pastor and as a Bible 
teacher, enabled him to bring helpful messages to 
those attending the Institute. 

The Educational Meeting scheduled for Friday 
afternoon at 4: 15 o'clock, was postponed until Mon- 
day morning, following the regular Chapel services. 
At this time Bro. J. A. Myers, Field Secretary of the 
institution, gave an educational address, bringing to 
the student body the needs of the institution and also 
outlining the plans for the further development of 
the work on College Hill. 

At the Consecration Meeting, held on Saturday, 
Jan. 16, at 10 : 30, helpful and practical remarks 
were made by Bro. A. G. Crosswhite, of Roaring 
Spring, Bro. Ardie Wilt, of Altoona, Bro. Brown, of 
Covington, Ohio, Sister Sell, of Hollidaysburg, and 
Bro. Joseph Oiler, of Waynesboro, a member of the 
Board of Trustees. 

The Bible Institute, just closed, proved to be one 
of the best ever held in the history of the institution. 
The attendance was good and the interest was com- 
mendable on the part of all who were present. 

Bro. G. W. Flory, of Covington, Ohio, gave very 
forceful and practical sermons in his evangelistic 
campaign, and we are glad to say that a number of 
souls are confessing Christ and enlisting in the king- 
dom for efficient and helpful service. All, we are 
sure, feel gratified at the larger outlook that not only 
our schools are manifesting in the Department of 
Biblical Study and Interpretation, but also the larger 
outlook that is taking hold of the Church of the 
Brethren in general. May God hasten the day when 
religious education shall receive the emphasis and 
place that it so well merits and deserves ! 

Bible Institute of Manchester College. 


When the students returned after the holiday va- 
cation, they were accompanied by a number of 
parents and others for the Bible Institute, which was 
held Jan. 5 to 15. This is always a busy two weeks 
around the college. At the first chapel service, on 
Tuesday morning, the large room was almost filled 
with the regular school and the special students. 
From this service to the end of the Institute, the 
interest and attendance increased. At night, and of- 
ten during' the day, the room was crowded. 

In a number of ways this year's Institute was con- 
sidered the best ever held at Manchester College. 

Eld. David Metzler, of Nappanee, Ind., preached 
strong sermons each evening. These were mainly 
doctrinal. Three were baptized as an immediate re- 
sult of the meetings, and all received great benefit. 
A very small number of the students remain who 
are not members of some church. 

Eld. A. C. Wieand, of Bethany Bible School, was 
with us most of the time, and gave us splendid in- 
struction. He presented John 13 to 17; also "How 
to Memorize the Life of Christ," and "Special Doc- 
trines." Eld. Paul Mohler gave one period a day, 
the first week, on " The Beatitudes." , Eld. David 
Hollinger delivered his Bible Land lectures each day 
of the second week, at 3: 45 P. M., while Sister Hol- 
linger treated subjects about the Bible and Oriental 
customs, as seen in her travels. Sister Cora Stahley 
gave special instruction in vocal music. Bro. Otho 
Winger delivered a number of lectures on important 
church problems. The writer gave book studies of 

First Peter and Jude, and a series of lessons on 
" Missions from the Bible standpoint." 

Three special programs were given on topics per- 
taining to education, peace and missions. A number 
of addresses were given al all of these, and all were 
very inspiring in their special lines. 

At the Missionary Meeting a special offering of 
$54.33 was received for World-wide Missions. A 
plan for a living endowment was presented by the 
trustees, and a hearty response by the audience re- 
sulted in a good beginning. 

A memorial was sent to President Wilson, ask- 
ing that no munitions of war be sent from this coun- 
try to the warring nations. 

We were sorry that Brother and Sisler A. W. 
Ross could not be with us, as we had planned, 1ml all 
rejoice that they could sail for their chosen field. 
Our Mission Band numbers thirty-five at this time, 
and all are doing a good work. 

We look back to the special Bible Institute with 
gratitude, and have great hopes for the work which 
may result from its influence. May those who were 
with us return, and may many others come to help 
us advance God's kingdom! 

North Manchester. Ind. 

Some Impressions from the Special Bible 
Term at Daleville College. 


Another term of special Bible study at Daleville 
College has passed into history, but its teachings are 
living in the hearts of men. 

It becomes interesting to one who has witnessed 
many consecutive Bible Terms in a college, to observe 
the characteristic phases of Bible instruction from 
year to year. Our first Bible Terms were character- 
ized by such teaching as Bible outlines, memory drills 
of Bible history and geography, with an occasional 
Epistolary study. The present tendency is toward 
lectures on fundamental doctrines and interpretative 
Bible Study. Perhaps in no previous Bible Term 
were there presented so many fundamental truths as 
were given during the past week of special Bible 
study at Daleville College. 

Eld. I. B. Trout's lectures on " The Christian Min- 
istry," " Church Ordinances," and " Student Stand- 
ards of Action," were full of vital truth, seldom 
touched in the pulpit. These lectures were presented 
forcibly, and many were convinced of the truths they 
contained. Every student body in our Brotherhood 
should hear his lectures on "Student Standards of 
Action." Student life at a college is often a stereo- 
typed one, where each successive student body must 
conform to previous customs, regardless of their true 
ethical relationship toward each other. 

Eld. P. D. Reed, of Limestone, Tenn., presented us 
with some interesting conditions of the South, relative 
to mission work. In spite of the difficulties at the 
time of the Civil War, and the unpopularity of our 
antislavery principles, the Brethren church moved 
southward into Tennessee and North Carolina. Still 
greater opportunities and larger possibilities are 
awaiting our church today in the Sunny Southland. 

Eld. T. S. Moherman's lectures on Fundamentals 
of Christianity were fruitful in precipitating interest- 
ing discussions on such questions as: "Is the World 
Growing Better?" "Is It Easier to Do Evil Or to 
Do Good?" The proper consideration of these ques- 
tions will give us a larger faith. 

Other lectures given by members of the faculty 
were: "Jesus the Master Teacher," " Twentieth Cen- 
tury Christianity," "The Bible a Masterpiece of 

At the close of the Bible Term, the Sunday-school 
Institute of the First and Southern Districts of Vir- 
ginia held its sessions in the College Chapel. Each 
session showed much interest, and was the source 
of much inspiration. A canvass of the students se- 
cured their deepest impressions during the week, some 
of which are the following: "The keynote to suc- 
cess is efficiency." " The sermons preached in the 
next generation will be preached largely to college 
graduates." " The methods of Jesus are the methods 

of today." "The burning question of today is not, 
What you know or what you can do but. What are 
you? " " The teacher who forgets the trend of young 
life loses his power to teach." "God's plan for the 
final triumph of righteousness will not fail." "The 
need of full consecration to service." " Our church- 
houses should not be less convenient nor less beau- 
tiful than our homes." "The student should be as 
helpful and interested in his school community as in 
any community in which he ever expects to live." 
" We go to our Bibles not only for the most inspira- 
tional thought but for the most beautiful expressions 
of language." With such truths branded on the 
hearts of the students of the rising generation, who 
ran measure the height or the depth of their in- 
Daleville, Va. 

Three Dear Names Missing. 


SOME days since, while looking over the Brethren 
Almanac for 1915, I observed, in three consecutive 
columns of ministers' names, in alphabetic order, 
three precious names missing from the annual record, 
The names are, T. C. Denton, D. N. Eller, and D. C. 
Flory. The initial letters of the surnames are D, E, 
and F. And they appear in three consecutive 
columns. These men passed "over the river" in the 
order named. Few men knew these fathers in Israel 
heller than I. 

Bro. T. C. Denton was a staunch friend, full of 
sympathy and suhstantial helpfulness, lie was a man 
of the stoical type, — calm, sedate, calculating, of 
sound judgment and much wisdom. He was not only 
a great man in husiness and in church, but he was a 

Bro. D. N. Eller was one of my schoolmates in the 
old log schoolhousc, when the public school was first 
opened in Virginia. We sat together. We played 
together. We visited together. Later on we attend- 
ed institutes together. Still later, we attended col- 
lege together and slept together. We were room- 
mates, always, at Eridgewater. We were graduated 
together. Bro. D. N. was strongly intuitive, well- 
balanced, genial, and accommodating. He had a clear 
conception of truth, a strong grasp of principles, and 
was able, in terse language, to present his views ef- 
fectively, as both a teacher and a preacher. Well do 
I remember the turning point of his return to Vir- 
ginia. Eld. Jonas Graybilt sat at the table in our 
humble home. I suggested the idea of Bro. Eller's 
return to Virginia, and joining in school work. En- 
couraged by Bro. Graybill's endorsement of the idea, 
I wrote. I received a favorable answer. Bro. Eller 
returned. He labored a score of years at Daleville, 
and saw the work develop from a small beginning to 
a splendid, well-equipped college. He practically died 
in the harness. 

As long as Daleville College is remembered, Elders 
T. C. Denton and D. N. Eller will be honored, and 
the memory of their names will he cherished with 
warm devotion and affection. 

The third brother, D. C. Flory, was my teacher for 
several years, while I was a student at Bridgewater 
College. I always loved my teachers, and especially 
did I both love and admire this impulsive genius, the 
founder of Bridgewater College, Eld. D. C. Flory. 
Bro. Flory was one of the most technical and one of 
the most critically exact teachers I ever met. He 
made a profound impression on me. His labors and 
helpfulness proved a benediction. It was a sad time 
to many of us when he resigned college work and 
went to the farm. 

It saddens me today, — it moves my breast with 
singular emotion and my eyes moisten as I have to 
say farewell to earthly associations with these dear, 
good men who have left, as a precious legacy, their 
labors to bless others, and their lives to inspire men 
who knew them and loved them. 

I know so many pleasing, helpful instances in the 
lives of all these men that I am hoping some one here 
and some one there will write an appropriate history 
of these great brethren. I shall be delighted to con- 
tribute a line. 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1$15. 

They are gone, but not forgotten. Their deeds 
live after them. They are dead, but yet they speak. 
' Lives of great men remind us." 

NokesvUle, Va. 

Letters to Young Christians 

By Galen B. Royer 

Is Our Heavenly Father Always Kind? 
D.wip dwells much on the " loving-kindness " of 
Jehovah, the Lord. He declares that it is "marvel- 
ous," "better than life," and he overflows in praise 
for the Father " who crowneth thee with loving-kind- 
ness and tender mercies." 

Isaiah, too, is very emphatic in what he says of the 
Father's loving-kindness. " In overflowing wrath I 
hid my face from thee for a moment; but with ever- 
lasting loving-kindness will I have mercy on thee, 
saith Jehovah, thy Redeemer." But these words do 
not seem to be strong enough, for again he declares, 
" For the mountains may depart, and the hills be re- 
moved ; but my loving-kindness shall not depart from 
thee." What can be more precious, more assuring, 
than such declarations ! 

When all goes well, it is easy to think that the 
Father's loving-kindness is with one. As he beholds 
the increase of his store, sees his loved ones doing 
well, and all his plans mature according to his calcu- 
lations, or better, he says, — if he speaks at all from a 
pious standpoint, — " What loving-kindness the Lord 
shows towards me ! " Neither is it hard to see that 
the Lord is kind at such times. Who should not re- 
joice ? 

But is the Father ever unkind? How prone we 
are to look upon the adversities of life as an expres- 
sion of his unkindness ! Gideon is a splendid ex- 
ample in point here. The Midianites were overrun- 
ning Palestine because the children of Israel " did 
that which was evil in the sight of Jehovah." Gideon 
was the least of a poor, uninfluential family. There 
was grain to be threshed, and he hid his threshing- 
floor from the enemy. The angel of the Lord came 
to him and declared, " Jehovah is with thee." The 
Heavenly Presence did not disturb the " least " man, 
so deep was his heart distress, because he felt that 
the Lord was not with his people. So he challenged 
the statement on this ground, " If Jehovah is with 
us, why then is all this befallen us?" He witnessed 
the ruthless hand of the Midianite devastating the 
land, but he did not discern that the Lord was still 
with him and his people. 

Not unlike Gideon's is the experience of life to- 
day. When all is well, we feel that God is with us. 
If, through following our own selfish, evil inclina- 
tions, disaster comes, then he is not. A false step in 
business, entailing loss and financial disaster, and an 
old age spent in poverty, are usually looked upon as 
an indication that God is not with us. Adversity is 
deemed to be God's unkindness, even if we do see 
discipline in it that brings us good. " For if the Lord 
is with us, why has all this happened ? " A good 
■ deacon did well in business, but his Lord's service was 
secondary. As the shadows grew longer, reverses 
from parts he was not expecting came upon him and 
his possessions departed. After the first shock was 
over, it was noted that his life lost the hardness of 
business, and took on the touch of the heavenly. His 
devotion to his God in the closet, in the home, as well 
as in public, was simple, trusting and gentle. His 
life exemplified the words, 

" O Love, that wilt not let me go, 

I rest my weary soul in thee: 
I give thee back the life I owe, 
That in thine ocean depths its flow 

May richer, fuller be." 

He passed away, unconcerned about his losses, but 
rejoicing in bis gain. Was God ever unkind to that 

Again, here is a happy, prosperous, unbroken fami- 
ly. All earth ties are complete and appreciated. In 
fact, the members of this family are so much attached 
to each other that their Master's work has little at- 

tention. Death makes one sweep into the home, and 
takes to glory a cherished child, and ever after these 
people manifest an earnestness, trustfulness, and a 
drawing nearer to God, not seen before. Was loving- 
kindness shortened in this? 

Was the Father unkind w"hen he permitted those 
wicked brothers to sell Joseph into the slavery of 
Egypt, letting him pass through treachery, prison, and 
neglect, that he might finally reach the throne and 
save his father and his people? Joseph's own testi- 
mony is, that while the brothers meant their cruelty 
for evil, God meant it for good, and the Lord has not 
been unkind. 

"Little Mary's" mother, in China, has the right 
view. When writing, in a private letter, about the 
death of that little darling she says : " It has been al- 
most three months since little Mary is gone and, oh, 
it seems so very long! Her little life slipped away 
from us so soon that at first it seemed like a dream; 
but now it is all so real in this lapse of time. Her 
life was so sweet and beautiful and sunshiny. I nev- 
er knew the bitterness of such a sorrow, but beneath 
the bitterness is a sweetness and joy that I never 
knew before. WE WANT TO FIND THE BLESS- 
so good to us and in so many ways we could see his 
gentle shielding of us in this sorrow. I DO NOT 
MORE." To the mother of little Mary the Father 
is never unkind. He has " been so good " and she 
wants " more faith," to " glorify him more." 

Contrast this spirit with the one another mother 
had who likewise lost a darling and now says that 
God is cruel because he took her child, and left others 
in other homes. She says he is cruel because he took 
her only child when, in plenty of other homes, they 
had children to spare, and none are taken. 

What, then, is loving-kindness? Is it to keep us 
from the. stony path, and to have angels bear us up, 
so that our feet will not be bruised as we journey 
through this world? Surely, no wise earthly parent 
thus treats his child, for he who gives his child every- 
thing it wants is unkind. Denial of harmful things, 
deprivations that strengthen, are all helpful to train 
for hardness and make good soldiers. The process 
may not be pleasant, the frown may appear, but the 
father is still kind to his child. Is the physician un- 
kind that knits his brows and pulls with all his might, 
to put the broken bone in its place again? Is he 
cruel because he puts the limb in a cast and holds it 
rigid for weeks, no matter how much pain ensues? 
No, we gladly endure it, that we may have that mem- 
ber of the body restored whole. Thus the Heavenly 
Father frowns and pulls, and we suffer because he 
is correcting some fracture in our spiritual make-up 
he longs to have whole again. 

Because loving-kindness is vouchsafed each morn- 
ing, for the day before us, is no assurance that 
all will be pleasant and that there will be no suffering. 
Indeed, denials will come; disappointments will meet 
us ; our hearts may be ravished with the keenest pain 
and sorrow. A brother answered by wire a letter he 
had received, conveying news of such a character that 
the telegram said, "Its contents gave my heart a 
blow," yet the Father was kind, that day, in his life. 
Death may play havoc, and grief may overwhelm us. 
The Father may hide his face for a moment, but his 
everlasting kindness will not, can not, depart from 
his children, for he has declared that it shall be with 
them always. Our vision may be clouded, so that 
can not see his kindness. Much of the time we 
but darkly, but his kindness is there and he who \ 
trust God through such hours will feel the wam 
of his love. Some day we shall understand. For 
Think not that thou canst sigh a sigh, 
And thy Maker is not by; 
Thinkest thou canst weep a tear. 
And thy Master is not near? 
O, he giveth us his joy 
That our grief he may destroy; 
Till our grief is fled and gone, 
He doth sit by us and moan.— Wm. Blake. 

How needful is the lesson to the young Christian! 
God's promises are sure. He is a strong tower, a 
refuge, a hiding, a haven of security. On this, every 
youthful one can push out hopefully and trustingly. 
In deepest earnestness you seek to have more holiness, 
and the Lord responds by disappointments, heart- 
aches and sorrows that almost check the breath. You 
had a great desire to do things for the Lord, and 
sickness laid you low and wasted your days. You 
loved dearly and truly, but the heart is broken be- 
cause your love is rejected or the loved one is no 
more. Faint not, beloved! God's face may be turned 
from you, for the moment, but his loving-kindness is 
there. He is simply taking out the dross to make you 
more heavenly, purer, better. When these hours of 
refining are upon you, and all seems to be dark or 
lost, forget not that God's kindness is everlasting, 
that it never departs from you. God help the young 
Christian to remember this lesson in his hour of 
greatest need ! 

Elgin, III. | 

Annual Bible Term of Hebron Seminary, 
Nokesville, Va. 


The Annual Bible Term, together with the evan- 
gelistic services, proved to be an eye-opener. We give 
some of our experiences, that you may profit there- 
by. We saw as the work progressed: 

(1) Some soil in which we had failed to sow the 
Word,, and here, of course, we missed reaping a 

(2) With some there was need of knowing us bet- 
ter as a people. 

(3) There was some need of clothing, which should 
have been supplied earlier. 

(4) Satan needed routing, for it was discovered 
that he was sowing bad seed, while we sowed the 
good. He probably reaped a harvest because several 
were kept out of the church. 

(5) There were some with whom, we think, we 
failed in not locating them, during services, in a place 
where it would have been easier for them to do right. 

(6) We saw the value of unity in the prayer serv- 
ice. The evening when some one whispered, and thus 
was out of harmony, there was not the heartfelt agree- 
ment that should have prevailed. Needless to say,, 
there was not the Spirit's manifest cooperation, nor 
were there the answers we desired. 

(7) The power of a bad example was in evidence. 
Somebody made himself vile by a dirty cigarette, and 
a weak one, looking on, could not see God through 
the smoke. 

(8) There is often a direct hindrance by the per- 
forming of business affairs which might have been 
attended to at another time. 

(9) The weather in midwinter is more favorable 
to the crops next summer than to the meetings in 

On the other hand, the meetings proved to be grati- 
fying indeed. On some of the rainiest evenings the 
chapel was well filled. When favorable weather pre- 
vailed, the room overflowed, though the roads, over 
which most of the people had to come, were as bad 
as Virginia roads can be. 

Bro. Caleb Long, the evangelist and teacher, proved 
himself a man of God among us, — sound in teaching. 
Spirit-uplifting, — a boy with the boys. 

The daily Bible work was conducted by Bro. Long 
from First Corinthians; by Bro. E. E. Blough from 
the Epistles to Timothy. " Church History," " Mis- 
sions," and miscellaneous topics were covered by 
members of the faculty. 

The daily Bible work closed with a special Sun- 
day-school and educational program on Saturday. A 
missionary program was given on Sunday afternoon. 

If the members of the Eastern District of Vir- 
ginia press on in their endeavor, impelled by the 
spirit engendered during these meetings, surely the 
Master will no longer need to say, " Ye did it not to 
these least." 

The work of the recent Bible Term is closed. The 
church rejoices. We have had visions of God and of 
service. The Seminary family has emotions akin to 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 

those filling the parent breast, when the last wan- 
dering child returns home, for every resident student 
is now a member of the fold. 

Of the eight added to the church, one is a father, 
now rejoicing in a risen Christ. Five are nonresi- 
dent students. Two are resident students,— all young 


We pray today, " O Lord, thou Shield and Great 
Reward, make these like thyself within, and so a 
blessmg to those about them." 

Nikesville, Va. 

cess in their work, or those who, without the aid of 
our prayers, would not be saved. Would we not be 
considered ungrateful and unworthy of friendship, 
were we to forget to visit our friends, or write them 
letters, or if some one invited us to his home, on a' 
certain day, and we forgot to go? Have you never 
had the humiliating experience of suddenly being re- 
minded of some one, for whom you should have been 
praying? God forgive us such neglect and forget ful- 
ness! But a prayer-list will help us a great deal, to 
remember those to whom we owe our prayers. 
Prayer is the great asset of all Christians. Then, why and put its sanction upon the work. Philip 

We shall deal with the matter as it especially refers 
to our own Brotherhood. 

In the first place, evangelism is not dying out. It can 
not die until its purpose has been fulfilled, because it 
is divinely ordained of God, and has a definite place 
in the economy of grace. When Christ gave his last 
great command, its message to the church was to 
" evangelize all nations." Paul, when speaking of the 
different gifts which had been bestowed upon the 
church, specifically mentions the work of the evan- 
gelist. The Holy Spirit inspired him thus to write, 

Have You a Prayer-List? 


A tew weeks ago the pastor of the Union Church 
in Mussooree made mention of an aged lady that had 
died during the week. She was a very good, conse- 
crated Christian who had been a patient, suffering in- 
valid for the last sixty years of her life. During many 
of these long years she was confined to her bed or 
couch. The minister knew her for ten years past, 
and spoke very touchingly about her devotion and 
silent suffering, and the lessons she taught us by her 
unassuming life. . Among other things he mentioned 
the significant fact that she kept a prayer-list. I was 
struck at once by the remark, and thought how be- 
fitting it was for her, who was such a meek and 
earnest worker for the Lord during her long illness ! 
What a powerful and acceptable ministry she must 
have rendered, in this way, during those years! Are 
there any such invalids among us? I would call upon 
you to remember this sacred ministry, which lies so 
easily -within your power. 

Are any sick among us? Let me remind you that 
while laid aside from your labors for a while, it is 
possible not only to grow in grace yourself and to 
live closer to your Lord, but also to bring others 
closer to their Lord by your daily importunity in 
prayer for them. What glorious privileges these are, 
and how necessary ! 

What is a " prayer-list " ? It is a list of the names 
of saints and sinners who lie as a burden upon a 
Christian's heart, and for whom he labors in prayer 
through the Holy Spirit, either for their conversion, 
or for their progress in the Christian life and work. 
Some lists may be made up entirely or chiefly of those 
who are out of Christ and safety. These names are 
carefully kept on the list until the persons named are 
converted, though long delayed. Other lists contain 
those in the church who are in need of special prayer, 
perhaps because they are passing through severe 
trials and temptations, or because 'of some heavy 
grief. Perhaps some new or great responsibility has 
been laid upon them. Perhaps an indifference or 
coldness toward the church, lack of faith, or unwill- 
ingness to make peace with others is clearly in evi- 
dence. Perhaps the one prayed for is an offender. 
Remember them all, as the Holy Spirit lays the bur- 
den of prayer upon the heart. Yes, friends and foes 
alike find a place on these lists. The best way to turn 
a foe into a friend is to pray earnestly for him, out 
of a heart full of love and forgiveness. 

It is wonderful how these lists grow ! A friend or 
relative writes a letter, and, because of some special 
need, asks the other to pray for him. Down goes his 
name on the list at once. Perhaps the minister or 
elder asks for special prayer, so his name is added. 
Then some sick one asks an interest in our prayers, 
and another name is added. Perhaps a neighbor has 
some difficulty, or we see some one else in need, 
though he does not ask to be prayed for, yet his name 
is added. It is not necessary that the people know 
that their names are on our prayer-lists, to make our 
prayers effective. Many times it is really better they 
do not know, perhaps. As the Spirit guides, I think 
so often of what Christ says in Luke 22: 31, 32 to 
Peter. Satan desired him but Jesus prayed for him 
that his faith fail not. If you know of any such, pray 

not use it freely in behalf of all whom we can help? 
What is the value of a prayer-list? First of all it 
will teach us to pray definitely, and also to pray more. 
Instead of hurrying into God's presence, and saying 
a few sentences, to cover the whole world, we will 

corded as being an " evangelist," and Paul, in writing 
to Timothy, urges him to " do the work of an evan- 

Paul himself is one of the greatest examples of an 
evangelist of which there is any record. All through 

stay long enough to pray definitely and intelligently the record of the church, the work of the evangelist 

for an ever-increasing number of people, and we will has been of paramount importance, and it has been his 

learn to pray, and to enjoy it. These lists are for work that has brought the church out of lethargy and 

private, not public, prayer, hence we need to stay a inaction, and given it a new vision of the kingdom of 

long time before the Lord. In the second place, a God and its responsibilities. So there is no question 

prayer-list will bring innumerable precious blessings as to the legality of the work of the evangelist in the 

to a large number of persons whose lives otherwise church. 

would be pitiably barren. 

Do you believe in the power of prayer? Of course 
you do. Then live such a life as will make your 
prayers effective. God is willing and eager to hear 
real prayer. Really, he depends on it to accomplish 
his purposes for the world. It is not selfish to pray 
thus for our friends. God put friendship into the 
human race for the purpose of helpfulness. But do 
not limit your prayers to your family circle, — that 
will end in selfishness. Think of the requests the 
apostles made in their epistles, " Brethren, pray for 
us." And how they unceasingly made mention of 
their converts in their prayers! And this they did 
because they knew the value of prayer. 

On page 6 of Our Young People for Oct. 24, 1914, 
Bro. Rarick, under the subject, "The Power of 
Prayer " for the Christian Workers' topics, refers to 

But in what way does the work of the evangelist 
differ from that of the pastor, the elder or bishop? 
Webster's definition of the word may throw some light 
upon his duties. He says, " A bringer of glad tidings 
of Christ and his doctrines. Specifically, A mis- 
sionary preacher sent forth to prepare the way for 
a resident pastor." This is the meaning in a nutshell. 
" Evangel " means good tidings. An evangelist is one 
who brings the good tidings. He is a sort of fore- 
runner, one who makes the way ready. He stirs up 
the consciences of the people, revives the dying embers 
of faith in worldly church members, and places them 
in a position where the pastor or elder may care for 
them as their needs may be. His is a specific calling 
for a specific purpose and his office is as divinely ap- 
pointed as that of the apostle, the pastor, or the 
prophet. A pastor, more directly, has the work of ; 

sick lady who kept a prayer-list. I am 

that testimony. I hope that many of our older, as 
well as younger people, were instructed by it, and led 
to do likewise, though they are not sick. The pastor 
preached, and sinners were converted one by one, but 
the real power back of their conversion was the 
earnest and continued prayer by that lady for the sin- 
ners. If that one sick woman could accomplish so 
much for that church, pastor and sinners, what would 
not the entire Brotherhood do if they would? 
Brethren, we do not pray enough; we do not pray 
earnestly enough ; we do not pray definitely enough ; 
we do not pray unceasingly and with importunity, as 
we should. Our faith is too small and our zeal too 
meagre. Think of the souls that go down to ruin 
because they are not prayed for! Think of the leaders 
in the church who fail and become lukewarm, be- 
cause there is no one to hold up their hands by prayer ! 
Think of the burdens that might be lifted if we were 
thoughtful enough to pray for others ! " Bear ye one 
another's burdens." As Christ prayed for Peter, his 
disciples and enemies, as Samuel prayed for Israel, as 
Moses interceded for his transgressing brethren, as 
the church prayed for Peter, as Paul prayed for the 
churches, so let us pray without ceasing. "Lord, 
teach us to pray." 
Bulsar, India. 

for shepherd to perform; his duty is the caring for the 



Recently there has appeared in an Eastern reli- 
gious journal a somewhat continued discussion on the 
subject, "Is Evangelism Dying Out?" The dis- 
cussion was largely brought about by criticism of 
what is termed "modern evangelism," and of some 
evangelists whose methods have not always been ap- 
proved by religious people,— pastors as well as laymen. 
It shall not be our.purpose, in this article, to discuss 

for them as Jesus prayed for Peter. oropriety of union evangelistic meetings, nor to 
Why do we need a prayer-list? As the m.n.ster the propriety « ^ B Fnr t|n() nn>sent at lea5t 

above referred to said: "Our memories are so 

treacherous, therefore we should keep a prayer-list." 

Yes, therein lies the need ; we might forget to pray 

for those who are depending on our prayers for suc- 

criticise modern evangelists. For the present, at least, 
we shall follow Gamaliel's advice to the Jews, " For if 
this counsel or this work be of men. it will come to 
nought, but if it be of God ye can not overthrow it." 

:k, seeing that it is properly housed and fed. The 
evangelist's work is to show the way to the fold and 
the green pastures. 

If there is one thing the Church of the Brethren 
needs more than another, at this time, it is evangelists 
and the true spirit of evangelism in the church. Let 
us stop, for a moment, and count our men who are 
really evangelists after the Pauline type. They are 
far too few. We do not have the apostolic spirit of 
evangelism as we should have it. The church calls 
a man to hold a "series of meetings" and goes on 
about its business of making money, the cares of the 
world, and the calls of everyday life, and forgets 
about it until the time comes for the meetings to be- 
gin. Then the evangelist is expected to do all the 
preaching, look after the singing and praying, do 
what personal work and visitation are necessary to 
make the meeting anything like a success, and then, if 
the results are not what they should be, the blame is 
laid on the weather, the evangelist or other outside 
conditions, when really the trouble was on the inside. 
The church was not ready, spiritually, for a great 
flood-tide of God's saving grace, and not in position 
to care for a great ingathering, should one come. 
God never gives great blessings to those who are not 
ready to care for them. Let the church be ready, 
through prayer and spiritual preparation, ready to 
sacrifice time and convenience, ready to do service 
wherever it may call. Then may we expect the win- 
dows of heaven to open, and the blessing to be poured 

out. . 

Evangelism is not dying out. God has ordained it 
and as long as he delays his coming he expects his 
church to carry the glad tidings. The church needs 
evangelists, true to the Old Book,— men strong in the 
faith once delivered unto the saints, but above the 
need is an awakened church membership,— a member- 
ship that recognizes its duty to God and its unsaved 
fellow-men, its privileges under the Gospel and its 
responsibilities in obeying the command of the risen 
Christ, to "evangelize all nations." 

Belief ontaine, Ohio. 


" He Could Not Come Back." 


\ musician in one of our Western cilics lost out 
entirely because of strong think, and his position was 
given to a promising young man. He was a violinist 

1,1 ,s "' '"'"y ability and training, but lost his 

musical prestige because he allowed sin to enter his 
life, lie tried to make good, hut " he could not come 
back." Because of bis dissipated life he could not do he once did, even though be tried ever so bard, 
lie losl but be could not recover. He laid his train- 
ing and ability upon the altar of sin, but when be 
tned to recover, he could not regain possession,— 
" he could not come back." 

When a man sows, he naturally expects to reap 
and he shall reap what be sows. It is one of the fixed 
laws of the universe. Many people lose their repu- 
tation, their character, their training, their all, by 
indulgences, and later, when apprised of their loss 
they try. with all of their might, ,„ regain, to reoc- 
CPJ But it is then too late. They have lost their 
possibilities.-" they can not come back." They can 
not do the work they once did. They do not hold the 
esteem of the people they once did, and, of course 
they must let some one else do the work, for "they 
can not come back." It i s bard, but they can not 
hope to realize fruit from seed they did not plant 
tigs will not grow from thistles, and if we cultivate 
the Hustle when we should have been cultivating the 
Bg,— after we have spent our life with that weed — 
we can nol hope to be able to cultivate the fig and 
make ,l produce the fruit that those can who have 
been cultivating it for years. 

Our responsibility increases as our training increas- 
es. Our reputation, our training, is jeopardized just 
the moment we turn from the path of duty. And if 
we la, all upon the altar of sin and lose, we can not 
hope to come back." We must live true to our 
protession.-h.old what we gain each day,-and to- 
morrow, because of what we lived today, we will be 
stronger, and will have added one cubit to our stature. 
New strength is added each day because we were 
able to hold what we gained yesterday, and with this 
new strength comes new responsibility. .But we 
should remember that " we can not come back " if 
«c falter; we must do other work. 
Boise, Idaho. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER-February 6, 1915. 

italisms, it is easy to see how the expression con- 
cerning the Lord Jesus is to be understood It is a 
mistake to say that since he was " three days in the 
grave," therefore he must have been crucified on 
Thursday. He was crucified on Friday, and "after 
three days," "on the first day of the week," "very 
early m the morning," he arose, and in him the Scrip- 
ture was fulfilled. No Oriental stumbles on that ex- 
pression. In our honest endeavor to be more exact 
we may stumble, but the man who is born and raised 
in the East, never stumbles on that. It is plain lan- 
guage to him. And to understand, we must accom- 
modate our ideas to his manner of expression. 
Anklcsi'ar, India. 

monized with these assertions of the prophets' A their words on their face value, is it not the 
laity that molds, to a certain extent, the sentiment and 
consequent policies of the priest? If this is true 
then there is an important truth that hitherto has not 
Been duly emphasized in religious circles. 
Roaring Spring, Pa. 



One is not always helped most by flattery Pun- 
gent words arc more often conducive to spiritual wel- 
fare than a nod or a smile of approbation. It is our 
duty to speak to consciences of men. We may not 
know ,he course of the deeper currents by the mani- 
e tations on the surface. The head may assent when 
the heart of hearts voices a " no " ' 

remarks VZ C °" VerSati ° n l was ' ^eating unkind 
remarks, heard about a brother, when I was firmly 

nterruptectluis. "Well, I can no, afford even to 
t'"k so about a brother, even though it be true. It 
desroys communion with my Father." And with this 
lie turned the conversation to another theme. 

*'/ '" S ° n , ! In rebuke '™der, yet firm, he ex- 
emplified what he lives. I f e , t r had in.mded on 
sacred ground. I tried- to apologize but it seemed to 
me I was only soiling the garment of our conversa- 

died a 1 T y f eStr0yi " S tW ° f0r whom Christ 
Cted, and so doing I was sinning against Christ him- 

"Lord, is it I ? 
Some one's denying the Savior of men- 
Lord, is it I? 
Some „ e is wounding his heart over airain: 
Lord, is it I? 
313 S. Trumbull A 

True Happiness. 


We are in this world to think, to talk, to act to 
serve. God has given us these powers; not that we 
may use them selfishly, but that we may serve our 
generation. Jesus, in his earthly life gave us an 

be Xa Tn e his :f' °, Ur , miniStry in thiS WOr,d *>"'<■ 
be. In Ins Word he has given us instructions and 

commandments, and real happiness lies in being obe- 
dient in everything to the One who died that we might 
hve. Worldly -amusements and other things that be 
or.* to tI ,e world will please for a while, and we may 
hmk we are happy, but finally they will turn to bit- 
terness. But the happiness that comes from a life 
fully surrendered to God will never end 
Ashland, Ohio. 

Sunday-School Lesson for Feb 14 1915 

^c^r 1 Cal,cd to Bc a rr ° pi --' s -'>: 

e,°-fs n anI e r:a SPCa,< ' JCh ° Vah ' ** " ,y ""^ h <— 
bir^flVrii' T^ '° ^ tWelVe *" S aft " «« 

pw-tr,; :idih„e.r ed abom B - c im - 




The language wc use is the means by which we aim 
to express ourselves. Sometimes we do it well, and 
sometimes we fall into a second-rate manner of ex- 
pression which passes par to a certain extent, but to 
say the least, is not good. Some months ago I had a 
letter which created a good deal of intefest On 
expression was: " After a few days I expect to strike 
for Iowa, and from there pull for Seattle." I gave 
at sentence to a Hindu lawyer to translate. "^ 
' ,0 str,ke means so-and-so. "To null" 
means so-and-so. I explained to him what was in- 
tended, and he looked puzzled. 
The expression "by the way," i s no, elegant 
ery common to some people. The expres- 


tliin.s.o^ff g ; °, r ,oni S ht -" ™™ different 

»ngs to differen people. Our native members here 

in the morning always offer prayers of thanksgiving 

' this ,°: » rCS ' enJ ° yCd duri "* "«»«£- or 
thismght." We would say "last night" 

One of the Gujeraty words for Sunday is " Eighth 

I \v7 ' T ,3St Sunda - V '° this Elusive. 

day si I" , mC3nS " dght da >' s -"-f™m Sun- 

- "'lav. inclusive. I. is their way of counting. 

have often experimented on the common 



hree days." Ask a man how long i, is ' t i|, dav 
after tomorrow, and he will tc ,l you " three d * I 

". eeT' le : , V ,ay af ' Cr t0m ° rr0W "»"""*!< 

three days. I„ the early morning I met a brother 

-Joa, f had seen day before yesterday evening He 

«4 W c met three days ago." Remembering these 

Who Is My Neighbor? 


Jesus Christ places the love of our neurhbor 
second only in importance to the love of God " ThT 
shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heat 

neit I p"^ - aS thySe,f '" Wh0 ' t^n, is my' 
n ghbor? My neighbor is anyone who come witWn 

my w„" e ^ mflUenCe ' Wh ° Se ,ife ™P-ges upon 

ZZ To, ? a 7 r whom l can rcnder some "^ 

men in ™ ° "''T, T Speak * ™* of encourage- 

Z It A 1 T ' and darkTC5S - ^ ™*l>ter 

factor; with" 6 1 mme - W ° rkS ™ the "™Vp 
or factory with me, lives just across the street or 

Percfenee drags out a wretched existence in some 
loathsome alley of the town. My neighbor is ome 
one who stands in need of heir, ,j , ■ 
be mv iov r P ' d whom " sIl ould 

hapTo m b en ' e r S J 0me ' Mn ° f Upri S ht '^ Per- 
rT'j A T* ,• a hardened criminaI - John Wesley 
regarded the whole world as his parish. I n Iike 1! 
ner we may look upon all the wide world of men and 
women as our neighbors. If we go forth day by 
day. filled with the spirit of I,clpfuIness,-of neigh- 
borhness,- we shall not long need to ask the 
'-:"\Vho.,he„,ismyneUor ? ! qUeS " 

JX ""'"'"' S "' cc1, Br " ok ' md s "" im ' lVashi "o- 

Name the Author. 


oulnflv, PriCSt ' " ke Pe ° Ple '" is a p ™"° one fre- 
quently hears repeated. Can any of the readers of 
M.— ER give the author or origin of the prov- 
erb. I somefmes wonder whether it is not a case 

« '"ZZT Scripture umil ;t has bcen >™ 

'"-in, toHosea 4: 9 I read: "And there shall ' 
b . bk people, like priest." Again, in Isa. 24- 7 we 
read: And ,t shall be, as with the people, so w h 
the priest. in 

How is the above, oft-quoted proverb to be bar- 

Christ's Words on the Cross. 

For Sunday Evening, February 14, 1915. 

ctispo^ttr F U)^t JetT-^ti^^t e ^ A eraCi ° US 

ttt «; ^ ,1 "" 1 " 1 " of paradise after death 

e ra"o l ,s w ro a ;;i tic ! ,: h rdom^tie s ,-r Joh " 19: 26 ' a 

a.'h'u ma ™„ffeTi„g" nI9:28 - A ^-felWs„i P wi,h 
tio^^,\n S v,cirio h u e s d s7ffe ' , in "' ^ A EraCi ° U ' S C ° mp,e - 

V a I , M (1) ^tr SyU " a ' : ' tSTh ° U F ° rSake " Me? -Ma.t. 
HI A gracious atonement. (2) Forsaken for our 

27: 46. 

I^EMS grli^u^r^ Spiri '- 
b uus suumission. (2) A gracious 

Winning the World for Christ. 

Mark 16: 15, 16; Study Isa. 60. 
For Week Beginning February 14, 1915. 
1. Survey of the Tonic— til A ™,.*~„.,i 
-'; id <Ma V S:l S ,20?. <£¥£%$£%?&£ 

glorious „1 V Z C » C p alUr \ ." C ° r - 9: 1S ' 23 >- < 3 > A 
fnll , , - J each " ,c e°spel," tell the glad tid- 

"f °L a ?.r'°"'s: <b) ,. P0Wer - (C) ^ « Th««- 2- 3- 
2 Tim. 2: 15X°' ' P '* y " " F *> " < Luk = 1°: 2; 

fo'; wonfn '° I""! 1 About -( 1 ) Only one out of every 

"",' a ," d ° nly one <">' »f "ery eight men, of the 

(2) One S ' VCany ° fferins tn f ° rei sn missions. 

m™,"", 1 ."" ,S . S P™' for each one of the 1,000.- 

vea 7,1 Tt, ° ne °' "' e 20 - 000 '°«) Christians per 

for eVerv Zk ",""1 ™"" St " ° f lhe Gos P eI al "°"'c 
tor every 546 people, but only one minister in l.eathe 
lands for every 275,000 people. What a debt there is to 
pay (Rom. 1: 14, 16; 1 Tiro. 4: 16)! 
3. Promised Blessings.— When our Master said that it 
meant, if he 


the gifts 

meant anything, that the givei 
than the recipient of the gift, 
influence of giving is more blessed "tha 
influence. He meant that he who give 
ccives greater benefits than those to w 
sent; that the greatest work of foreign mi 
comphshed at home, and not abroad. A greater bless 
comes to the hearts of Christian men and women 

hln'r.s' 1 ^ TT T' 1 their " VCS - tha " !s h«toweTon™ 
hearts of the heathen to whom the Gospel comes, i 

to ,1a , ,1, 1 raM ??* G °°* Tidinss h « - h "PP 
ot than the hearer of the Blessed Message (2 Cor 
11. 12; 9: 6, 7; 2 Chron. IS: 7; Prov. 3: 9 1o) 


THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 


A Moment in the Morning. 

A moment in the mornin 
Ere the heart's wide do 

e the cares of the day begin, 
open for the world to cute: 

Ah, then, alone with Jesus, in the silence of the morn, 
In heavenly, sweet communion, let your duty-day he horn. 
In the quietude that blesses with a prelude of repose, 
Let your soul be smoothed and softened, as the dew re- 

A moment in the morning take your Bible in your hand. 
And catch a glimpse of glory from the peaceful promised 

It will linger still before you when you seek the busy 

And, like flowers of hope, will blossom info beauty in your 

The precious words, like jewels, will glisten all the day 
With the rare effulgent glory that will brighten all the 

in the 

So. in the blush of 

And walk in heavei 


Jay is o'er, 
heaven, the manna for the day; 
,— alas! it melts away, 
ning, take the offered hand of 

pathway and the peace fulness 

— Tubbs. 

Please tell 

ve may 

vard yo 

" Do not mention it," the nurse replied, " I am only 
glad that I could be of service to you." 

R, D. ■:. Sprlngfie 


Eatfa CraoM i i.m 

" But please tell us," they insisted, " and we shall donations, 
in some way repay you," 

Just for an instant she hesitated, ami then, with 
a kindly smile and a twinkle in the eye she said : " To 
the lady o' the ark." Turning', she stepped into the 
car and was whisked away by the kindly old doctor, 
leaving a very discomfited hut wiser trio of people 
than they had been before. 

It seemed that the Lord had opened the way for 
her to heap coals of fire on their heads, and to teach 
tliem a lesson they will not soon forget. 

That sister is not ashamed of her garb, and as the 
soldier resents and revenges an insult to his uniform, 
so she, in a Christian way, courageously stood by 
her colors, and went on in the great work she is do- 
ing. She is glad to be a witness for Christ and her 
church while she smoothes the heated pillow of the 
fever patient, or cheers the shut-ins to whom she is 

Her plain garb is a help to her, for she is often 
called in preference to others. She is always ready 
to give a reason for the hope within, and religious 
conversations are brought about because of her plain 
attire which, without it, she would never be able to 

regular collections, nnrl 
f, sitent for material for 
i he tr< osury at tup r>r 

The Best Kind of Revenge. 


It happened in one of our prominent Ohio cities. 

The street-car was nearly full when Sister G , a 

nurse, walked up the aisle of a down-town car, hunt- 
ing a seat. 

She passed two fashionahly-dresscd ladies, or, per- 
haps, I would better say women, and a young man, 
their escort. One of the women looked back at her 
friend and asked in a loud voice, which could be heard 
at the farthest end of the car: " Wheah, do you sup- 
pose, that came from, my deah?" The "that," of 
course, referred to the sister's plain garb. 

" Ah, don't ask me. Out of the a'k, I presume," 
was the reply. 

Then they tittered, and had a very hilarious time at 
the sister's expense and the disgust of the rest of the 

There was nothing noticeable in the sister, to show 
how she felt, only, perhaps, a deeper flush on her 
face. She gazed out of the window at the familiar 
view and said never a word. 

Suddenly there was a crash, the rattling of glass 
and screams from many of the occupants of the car. 

There had been a collision, and the passengers were 
badly jarred, but no one was seriously hurt except 
one of the young women who had had so much fun 

at the expense of Sister G . Pier wrist had been 

cut by a broken pane of glass and the blood was 
spurting from the artery. She was growing faint, 
and every one seemed too frightened to do anything 
for her. One glance told the nurse that some one 
must act at once. She pushed through the crowd, 
put her finger on the wrist where pressure was need- 
ed, and kept the blood in check until a physician could, 
come and adjust the proper bandages. She sent the 
young man to the nearest drug store, to summon a 
doctor, while she staid and cared for the injured 
woman. She was now mistress of the situation and 
every one was ready to do her bidding. 

A doctor rushed up in his car and it happened to be 
one of the prominent doctors of the city, for whom 
Sister G had done a great deal of nursing. 

He carefully dressed the wound and then said, 
" Well, Madam, it was indeed fortunate for you that 

Miss G happened to be near, and knew what to 

do. Otherwise you might have bled to death before 
help could have arrived." Turning to the sister, he 

said, " Miss G , get into the car and I will take 

you to your destination." 

The young man and uninjured lady spoke quickly, 
"To whom are we indebted for this great kindness? 


R. D. 

Belief ontaine, Ohio. 


A hi Kiii-lfty mot for 

OM Folks' Mom 

Strict, Rihivin. 111. 


i Union Deposit, Pa. 


ice of eight- Ml of them, i Keep 

vn congregation. We senl one i 
imforters to fih.0 Eaat Dayton Miss 

;hoo1. We hat] a balance of J2.75 1 

f.i.i.i Baldwin 

i l.ivl \ n r. \\ i'.} i 

nake It a poir 

Society held 
ice at twelve. 
■ twenty-seven 

(Continued on Page 93.) 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 

The Gospel Messenger 

OLlclal Organ of the Cnnroh of tbo Brethren. 

A Religious Weekly 

Brethren Publishing House 


R. E. Arnold. 

. Omaja. Cuba. 

1 I'l'm.ISlIING I 

The address of Bro. E. D. Fiscel has been changed 
from Maxwell to Yale, Iowa. 

In some late correspondence from Bro. T. A. Rob- 
inson, his address is given as Curlew, Iowa. His 
correct address is Laurens, same State. 

Bro. W. F. England was with the members of the 
Raisin congregation. Cal., in a recent revival effort. 
Seventeen were added to the Kingdom. 

DURING the revival services, conducted by Bro. E. 
S. Young in the Los Angeles church, Cal., ten were 
added to the church by confession and baptism. 

The. special attention of members of~ Western 
Pennsylvania is directed to Bro. Jerome E. Blough's 
announcement, to be found on the last page of this 

Bro. E. W. Edris, of Fredericksburg, Pa., was with 
the members of the Cliques church, same State, in 
a recent revival. Nine pledged allegiance to the Great 

The Manvel church. Tex-is, recently enjoyed an 
inspiring series of meeting?, conducted by Bro. J. H 
Morris, of Cordell, Okla. Five were received by 
confession and baptism. 

Eight were added to the church during recent 
evangelistic services at Hebron Seminary, Nokesville. 
Va. Even- student in that institution is now identi- 
fied with the congregation at that place. 

We still have on hand a few hundred copies of the 
Thanksgiving and Christmas issues of the Messen- 
ger, that will be sent free, as long as the supply lasts, 
to those who can make good use of them. 

You need not look for startling results, following a 
revival, if you have not previously, amid prayers and 
tears, sown the seed of the Word in the hearts of 
those whom you are trying to bring to Christ. 

Bro. N. A. Conover. pastor of the Circleville 
church, Ohio, is now in the midst of a revival in his 
home church. Up to this time ten have made the 
good choice, and many are near the kingdom. 

Bro. T. E. George, of Burr Oak, Kans., has ac- 
cepted the pastorate of the First Church of the Breth- 
ren at South Bend, Ind., and will move his family to 
his new charge, and begin work there about the first 
of March. 

Bro. David R. McFadden, of Smithville. Ohio, 
was with the Fostoria church, same State, in a recent 
revival effort. Nine pledged allegiance to the Cap- 
tain of their salvation, six of whom have so far been 
received by the initiatory rite. 

New Salem church, Ind., has just closed a most 
inspiring series of meetings, conducted by Bro. E. 
Jones, one of the home ministers, and Bro. C. Walter 
Warstler, of Goshen, Ind. Eleven have so far been 
received by baptism. Three more await the adminis- 
tration of the rite. 

At this time Bro. Walter J. Barnhart, pastor of 
the Mount Carroll church, III., is engaged in a re- 
vival meeting in his congregation with his brother, 
J. O. Barnhart, conducting the song services. 

Bro. J. C. Lightcap, who may be addressed at 
3435 West Van Buren Street, Chicago, is thinking of 
again entering the evangelistic field, and will be open 
for engagements after the first of June. After Mav 
20 his address will be Mansfield, 111. 

Bro. W. C. Detrick, of 213 North Wabash Street. 
Wabash, Ind., who devoted his holiday vacation to 
revival work, says that he can at least serve one 
more congregation in a series of meetings. Those 
interested should communicate with him. 

Bro. D. S. Filbrun, of New Carlisle, Ohio, has 
been under the hand of affliction for some days. He 
was anointed Jan. 23, and when last heard from was 
still in a serious condition. His many friends are 
hoping for his speedy restoration to health. 

On account of an epidemic of scarlet fever in 
Ladoga, Ind., where they had an engagement for a 
Bible Institute, Bro. M. M. Eshelman and wife have 
been detained in Chicago. They plan going to La- 
doga just as soon as the quarantine is raised. 

- The revival at the Walnut Grove church, Johns- 
town, Pa., conducted by the pastor, Bro. M. Clyde 
Horst, assisted by Sister Marguerite Bixler Garrett 
song evangelist, closed Jan. 24 with fifty-seven confes- 
sions. The meetings were continued for three weeks. 

Bro. Ross D. Murphy, Traveling Secretary of the 
General Mission Board, returned this week from an 
extended trip to the churches in Northern Indiana. 
He reports the membership as being wide-awake to 
mission interests and anxious to labor in their pro- 
motion. . 

The revival in the Blissville church, Ind., referred 
to in previous issues, is still in progress. Including 
the accessions mentioned heretofore, thirty-four have 
so far been received into full fellowship. Twenty- 
two more are, yet to be baptized. Four have been re- 

Bro. John Heckman, of Polo, 111., says that he 
has a complete file of the Full Report of Annual 
Meeting, except for the year 1878. Any one wishing 
to part with his report for that year, either as a 
personal favor or for a stated price, will please com- 
municate with Bro. Heckman. 

Please turn to page 38 in your Brethren Almanac 
for 1915, and enter, as elder in charge of the church 
at Olympia, Wash., the name of Bro. A. C. Root. 
This correction should have appeared in the printed 
list, but no one sent it in. We were not advised of the 
error until last week. 

After many years' observation we are fully con- 
vinced that neither a man's property nor his re- 
ligion is worth more to him or the world than he is 
willing to pay for it. Judging by the facts, in evir 
dence all around us, some men's religion must be 
cheap indeed, for they have so very little invested in 
it. Brother, sister, have you paid enough to make 
your religion a paying investment? 

At our church services, last Sunday, Bro. I. R. 
Beery, of Naperville, III., addressed interested listen- 
ers both forenoon and evening. His sermons will long 
be remembered as incentives to more consecrated and 
consistent living. Bro. Beery closes his pastoral la- 
bors with the Naperville church May 1, expecting to 
enter the evangelistic field Those who may desire 
his services will please address him as indicated. 

A thorough understanding" of conditions in the 
congregation where he is expected to labor, will often 
enable an evangelist to do a more effectual work than 
would otherwise be possible. To this end the tactful 
cooperation of the home ministry, and especially the 
elder, is absolutely essential. The unreserved con- 
fidence of the officials should be extended to the 
evangelist, in order that he may labor most effectually. 

Bro. John Spangler, of Huffville, Va., was called 
from labor to reward Jan. 8, — so we have just been 
informed. He had attained the ripe age of eighty- 
eight years and beyond, and during his ministerial 
career of fifty-five years proved his devotion to the 
cause of the Master by his earnest efforts in the 
extension of the Kingdom. 

Bro. D. L. Miller completed his work at Lords- 
burg, Cal., with the close of last week, and is now 
preaching at Pasadena. Speaking of his labors at 
Lordsburg, he writes : " Each evening the auditorium 
is packed to the limit, and people stand in the vesti- 
bule. I have never attended a Bible Institute where a 
deeper interest and a larger attendance were enjoyed." 

More and more are we impressed with the fact 
that some of the best sermons fail in their effect 
through no fault of the faithful preachers who de- 
liver them. Some people get no good of the sermon 
because they are absent-minded. Others get no good 
of the sermon because they are absent from the serv- 
ices. With such, even the eloquence of a Peter or 
Paul would not avail. 

As a nation, we have been prosperous, but for many 
this very prosperity, wholly unconsecrated to God's 
service, has become a snare of the adversary. It's 
a good thing to have money and the things it can 
buy, provided we make the Lord our Partner, and to 
that end it is always advisable to sit down awhile, 
alone with, our conscience, and think of the things we 
may lose by our failure in wise stewardship, — things, 
too, which money can not buy. 

One of our Virginia churches, fully impressed with 
the importance of missionary training, has set apart 
one Sunday night in each month for a mission study 
class, and finds the work intensely interesting. It 
could not well be otherwise. The greatest work of 
the church, — in fact, the only reason for its existence 
and perpetuity, — is that of carrying the Message of 
Salvation to those who know it not. Why not, then, 
assign to it the importance to which it is clearly en- 

Some one, whose name we need not mention, writes 
us that if we would give the date of our birth, state 
where we were born, etc., and send him one dollar, 
he would tell our fortune. We sent the letter to the 
postmaster where the party lives, telling him that the 
act of writing letters of this type probably comes un- 
der the head of using the United States mails to ob- 
tain money under false pretenses. This is our way of 
disposing of fortune-tellers. Uncle Sam will attend 
to the rest. . — 

Brother and Sister J. Homer Bright, of China, 
who some time ago buried their little daughter, re- 
quest us to extend their heartfelt thanks to the 
scores of our readers who so kindly remembered 
them in their sad hours of bereavement. They would 
like to show their great appreciation by personally 
writing all those who sent them letters of sympathy, 
but since this is hardly practical, it is their desire that 
this notice may be received as an expression of their 

One of our mission workers on the frontier says 
that he lends his book, " The New Testament Doc- 
trines," to people who are interested in the faith and 
practice of the Brethren. The idea is a good one. 
But why could not each District Mission Board pro- 
cure ten or a dozen copies, to be used at the dif- 
ferent mission points? By going the rounds, one 
book might, in the course of a year, be loaned to a 
dozen families. Write the House for terms, where 
six or more copies are wanted for this purpose. 

A distinguished statistician, who has studied the 
subject for years, says that' the per capita cost of 
crime in the United States is now at the rate of $6.20 
a year. Alcohol's share in the expense of this crime 
is, according to the same authority, $4.34 for each 
person. Drunkenness alone, he tells us, costs the 
United States $420,000,000 a year. When some one 
tries to make you believe that the sale of liquor is 
wholly a source of revenue to the State, think of the 
figures above given, and make your reply accordingly. 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 

Bro. John Zuck, of Clarence, Iowa, and formerly 
a member of the General Mission Board, is anxious 
t0 ,eet " The New Testament Doctrines " into the 
hands of new converts. He had us send the work to 
some isolated young members who, a short time ago, 
W ere won over to the faith by reading the Messenger. 
He is impressed with the thought that the book will 
strengthen their faith. There may be hundreds of 
others, who feel like Bro. Zuck. If so, they should 
confer with the House. 

shine, how to live the pure, spiritual life, and how 
to keep themselves unspotted from the world. All 
this shows the need of teaching and training. Indeed, 
there are marvelous opportunities in the church of 
God for those who are willing to devote their lives to 
feeding the flock, and to training the people in the 
way of righteousness. 

Again we must remind our correspondents that, 
in reporting church news, matters of purely local 
interest should be avoided. When a hundred 01 more 
notes reach us, all eagerly awaiting publication, it is 
manifestly impossible to give all the details which 
some of our writers send us. News of general in- 
terest is always acceptable to our readers. Giving 
matter of that kind in the briefest form possible, 
will enable us to publish a number of reports in one 
issue, thus avoiding vexatious delays. 

Those of our congregations that made use of ths 
prayer meeting topic assigned for the week beginning 
Jan. 24, "The New Commandment" (John 13: 34 
35), were probably impressed anew with the won- 
derful possibilities and influences of love, when it is 
made part and parcel of the life of every professing 
Christian. The great essential in reaching men is to 
love them. This opens the door by which the hardest 
heart can be readily reached. Men may withstand the 
attacks of criticism and outspoken abuse, without 
yielding to the pressure brought upon them, but if 
you bring them within the realm of love's tender 
entreaty, they readily yield to the all-powerful in- 
fluence. Why not live in the larger life of love? God 
gives most to those who love most. 

Feeding and Training. 

A" correspondent, in a suggestion he makes, pre- 
sents two thoughts that are worthy of consideration. 
He says, "Our people need to be fed and trained." 
Feeding the flock of God means more than filling ap- 
pointments. It means more than selecting a text that 
may appeal to the speaker, and devoting forty-five 
minutes to telling what it may possibly mean. Peo- 
ple are fed when they are properly supplied with the 
nourishment they need. The man— be he a pastor or 
merely a preacher,— who does not study the needs of 
his people, and does not endeavor to supply their 
needs, may possibly entertain his audience, but he is 
not feeding those entrusted to his care. Then it is 
well to bear in mind that whipping the flock does not 
mean feeding the Master's sheep. When men and 
women, young or old, come to the house of the Lord 
to be fed on the Bread of Life, they should not have 
to go away disappointed. In the house of God they 
have a right to expect something for the good of their 

Christian men and women need to be trained, and 
those entrusted with the care of the flock are the 
ones to look after the training. Children that come 
into the family are trained, and, in fact, there is train- 
ing connected with the preparation that is made for 
every department of life. Why not train those who. 
as new-born creatures, enter the .church? Why not 
train the young brethren and sisters, as well as the 
older ones? 

We all need training to prepare us for common 
every-day living, as well as for efficiency. We need 
to be taught how to resist temptation, and how to 
overcome the evil one ; how to worship in spirit and in 
truth; how to praise God in song; how to pray ac- 
ceptably; how to reverence the Father; how to fear 
God, and how to keep his commandments. We need 
to be taught how to deal with those who trespass 
against us, and how to deal with, and forgive, our 
enemies. There ought to be a training along the line 
of looking after the poor, clothing the naked, feeding 
the hungry, and helping the unfortunate. All the fol- 
lowers of Christ ought to be taught how to keep the 
ordinances, how to become diligent and efficient work- 
ers in the Master's vineyard, how to let their light 

The Country Church. 

It is said that the farmer, as briefly noted on first 
page, last week, is the greatest church builder in the 
country, and that he is the real custodian of the na- 
tion's morality. Where it not for his influence in the 
interest of that which elevates and refines society, we 
would not have, in this favored land of ours, the 
strong religious sentiment that prevails. As one writ- 
er puts it ; " Upon his shoulders rests the ' ark of the 
covenant.'" This being largely true, let us give the 
farmer the credit due him, and proceed to consider 
the situation. 

We are told by those who have looked into the 
matter carefully, and have collected the data relating 
to the subject, that the farmers of the United States 
have built 120,000 churches at a cost of $750,000,000, 
and that the annual contribution toward all church 
buildings, at this time, will approximate $20,000,000. 
These farmers are building churches at the rate of 
twenty-two a day. Furthermore, there are 20,000,000 
church members on the farms, and at least fifty-four 
per cent of the total membership of all churches 
may be found in the rural sections. 

These are marvelous facts, and should deeply im- 
press every member of the Church of the Brethren. 
Possibly we will not be far out of the way when we 
say that eighty per cent of our meetinghouses are in 
the country, and that of the 97,000 members placed 
to our credit, fully 80,000 reside on the farm, or in 
the small country villages. This shows where our 
strength lies, as well as where our greatest possi- 
bilities may be found. Not only so, but at least eighty 
per cent of the money, raised for the support of our 
mission work, and for the advancement of our edu- 
cational interests, comes from those .engaged in the 
tilling of the soil. We go to the farm for the most 
of our college students, and it is here that a large 
per cent of our missionaries are developed. With 
these tremendous facts before us, we ought to be in 
a position to do some serious thinking regarding 
church work in the country. 

Considering our membership, there is probably no 
religious body in the United States that has a larger 
representation in the country than we have. Most 
of our places of worship are in the rural sections, 
and here reside a very large majority of those who 
attend our services from Sunday to Sunday. More 
members' children may be found in the country than 
in the cities, and here are the men who handle the 
most of our money. From whatever point we may 
view the conditions, it must be evident that it is to the 
country we must look for the greatest part of the 
help required to sustain practically every department 
of our work. In fact, the farm, in a large measure, 
is our power-house, and we shall do well to adjust our- 
selves accordingly. 

No other church has succeeded in the country so 
well as we have, and no other church has a better 
hold on the country people, or has a system of teach- 
ing that appeals to the farming community like ours. 
The country is our field of labor, and what we need 
to do is. to go forth and possess the land in an intelli- 
gent and consistent manner. But we must organize 
forces for this purpose, and prepare preachers for 
this line of work. In far too many instances there 
has been too much of a disposition to prepare minis- 
ters for the city pulpit. Our better opening is among 
the farmers, and it is here that we should place the 
most of our best workers. 

In some way we need to adjust our church machin- 
ery to country conditions. We need make no changes, 
so far as preaching the Word is concerned, for the 
same Gospel intended for the people of the city is 
suited to those in the ( COuntry. Nor is there any need 
of us taking up with the questionable methods adopt- 
ed by some of the popular churches, to draw the 

people. There is nothing like well-delivered sermons 
and a good spiritual service to draw men and women, 
old and young. Those who live in the rural districts 
are splendid judges of sermons, and there are few 
people who know better how to appreciate something 
that is worth listening to. 

Furthermore, we need not fall in with the union 
country movement, in order to make our work a suc- 
cess in a farming community. So far as our people 
are concerned, all these church union efforts mean 
a failure. They mean a compromise of some princi- 
ples, and a surrender of others. Not this alone, but 
they mean that the preacher who enters into arrange- 
ments in which the interests of other persuasions must 
be considered, will not be permitted to preach the 
whole Gospel. He must preach that which will not 
offend, and there he must stop. 

We claim to have a complete Gospel, and we should, 
single-handed, do our utmost to carry it into every 
rural section in all this country. We want to go 
everywhere preaching the Gospel and building up 
churches. If we would succeed we must make this 
our business. We must put into the work brains, 
money and a lot of real hard work. The farmers 
have the money; we ought to be able to furnish the 
trained men, and then there should be a lot of real 
hard work upon the part of the pastor and the laity. 

We are not now saying how many little things 
may be done, or how many others should not be en- 
dorsed. We simply suggest that we abstain from 
the things which have even the appearance of evil, 
and encourage only such methods as are in keeping 
with the religious principles we are supposed to 
teach. We need that which will prove helpful and 
uplifting. Follow this course in our country work, 
and we need not think about failure. 

Teach; Baptize; Teach. 

We sometimes overlook the important place that 
teaching holds in the great commission. The early 
Christians were not so, for they went everywhere 
teaching the things they had learned. It was their 
teaching that led so many to salvation through Christ. 
They could not but tell of the things which they had 
seen and heard. It is through teaching that the Word 
grew and prevailed; and it is by this same means that 
it must continue to expand. But the teaching must 
be done by the life as well as by the words one utters. 
Jesus spoke as no man ever spoke; but that is not 
all— he lived as no other man ever lived. We cannot 
separate his words from his life. He did not teach 
one way and live another. He showed the way and 
walked in it. Against his pure teaching the world 
never did and never will prevail. We see this made 
clear in history, in' the persecutions by which all- 
powerful emperors tried at various times to crush 
the followers of Christ. But in spite of this the 
church increased in numbers. In those times men 
did not profess unless they really believed; for pro- 
fession was quite likely to lead to a martyr's death, 
and men must thoroughly believe in a thing or they 
will not lay down their lives for it, and do so cheer- 
fully. , 

After a time persecutions ceased ; the emperor De- 
came a follower of Christ. The doctrine became pop- 
ular, and many then as now united with the church 
because it was popular. They were not truly con- 
verted • they did not believe that they needed the 
Savior or that he was the Savior. They would have 
been content to worship the gods as before, the em- 
peror included. The result was that a good many un- 
converted persons were brought into the church. 
They had not been properly taught, and numbers of 
them had no desire to be taught even the first prin- 
ciples of the doctrine of Christ. There were good 
teachers; but it is almost impossible to teach anyone 
what he does not wish to learn. There were unfaith- 
ful teachers then, as there ever have been and ever 
will be They caused much of the trouble the church 
had to meet; they do so yet, and will continue to do 
so until the end. If the teachers had been faithful 
in word and deed, the world would long ago have 
knelt at the feet of Jesus. If all teachers today were 
faithful in word and life, it would not be many years 



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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 

until the whole world would be converted. The 
trouble is not that the doctrine is wrong, but that men 
professing to live up to it fail to do so, and even fail 
to teach others to do so. Not the Master, but you and 
I are to blame. 

And now, what are we going to do about it? What 
is the church going to do about it? That is the ques- 
tion of questions. We have been taught, we have 
been baptized, and taught again, Some of us have 
been teaching, whether we occupied the position of 
teacher or not. And what of our teaching? Has it 
been in complete harmony with that of the Master? 
Let each one answer as between himself and God 
alone: this is not to make a good appearance before 
men, but to put ourselves right with God. Can you 
with all your heart say that you have sought to teach 
only the plain and simple Gospel of the Lord? That 
you have not been a self-seeker or a man-pleaser? 
That your life and words have tended to promote the 
peace, progress and purity of the church? 

It is only by teaching that the church can increase 
and prosper, And the teaching must be true. Right 
at the beginning of this dispensation it was foretold 
that false teachers would arise. They have arisen, 
they are with us now. What shall we do with them? 
We would not allow a man to teach false doctrines in 
our homes. Why should we allow him to do so in our 
larger home, the church? The church must succeed; 
and the more pure she is, the more faithful we are! 
the sooner the good will be reached. Man's unfaith- 
fulness has kept the church in the wilderness these 
centuries. How much longer will we live in this way? 
Do we really yearn for the coming of the kingdom? 
The best way to hasten it is by right living, right 
teaching, such teaching as was seen in the life of him 
whom we profess to imitate. r ., 

for more peace.' In Europe they got, as they were 
bound to get, the thing they prepared for, — war. In 
America we got, as we deserved to get, the thing we 
prepared for,— a hundred years of more peace." 

A Lesson on Peace. 

The United States and Canada are certainly set- 
ting a splendid example for the nations of Europe in 
the interest of peace, as shown in the following, 
culled from the splendid article by Dr. James A. Mac- 
donald in the American Review of Reviews for Jan- 
uary: "That supreme achievement which North 
America can show the world is an international 
boundary hne between two nations across which in a 
hundred years neither nation ever once launched a 
menacing army or fired a hostile gun. Think of that 
achievement! A thousand miles up the mighty St 
Lawrence, a thousand miles along the Great Lakes 
a thousand miles across the open prairie, a thousand 
miles over a sea of mountains,— four thousand miles 
where nation meets nation and sovereignty meets 
sovereignty, but never a fortress, never a battleship, 
never a gun, never a sentinel on guard ! Four thou- 
sand miles of civilized and Christianized internation- 
alism,— that is North America's greatest achievement. 
" That thing, unique, original, North America alone 
has done. And because of that achievement these 
two nations have earned the right, when this wicked 
war is over, to stand up in the councils of the na- 
tions and teach the homelands of American colonists 
he more excellent way. What the sons in America 
have done on the Great Lakes, on the St. Lawrence, 
on the Niagara, and across the sweeping plains, the 
fathers in Bntain, in France, and in Germany might 
do, ought to do, on the North Sea and in the Channel. 
It can be done on all the continents. The jungle can 
be made a neighborhood. The remainders of bar- 
barism can be swept away on every boundary line. 
If America takes her stand and leads the way, all the 
continents will do it. 

"Here we stand, we of America, facing the colos- 
sal failure of Europe. The boundary lines between 
European countries are yawning with forts, bristling 
with bayonets, and most of them are bedabbled with 
blood. For forty years those defenses have been a 
growmg menace to all the world. Europe has been an 
armed camp. The nations lived in the fool's paradise 
of arn,ed peace until they found it the fool's hell of 
bloody war. They all said: 'In peace prepare for 
war. Here m North America our two nations, for 
a hundred years, have been saying: ■ In peace prepare 

Paying Return Postage. 

We hear of some well-informed ministers receiv- 
ing from a dozen to a score of letters a week, each 
letter calling for an answer, and possibly not one of 
them containing a stamp to pay return postage. 
These preachers, because they happen to know some- 
thing that is worth telling, are expected to devote 
their precious time to answering letters, furnishing 
their own stationery, and then pay the postage besides. 
We know some who are greatly imposed upon this 
way. No one should ever think of writing another 
for information without enclosing sufficient postage 
to meet the expenses of a reply. It would be better 
to enclose even more. Some one may want a few 
pointers on an address he is to deliver. He writes a 
few preachers, or a few college professors, but never 
encloses a stamp. He expects those whom he ad- 
dresses to be at all the expense of getting the desired 
information to him. Another wishes to know, from 
a few well-informed ministers, what a certain scrip- 
ture means. He is anxious about the information he is 
seeking, and ought to have it, but how about the post- 
age? Why does he not think about the Golden Rule, 
and send several stamps? Some one wants to know- 
all about the new country in which a brother has just 
located. A long letter is written. There may be a 
dozen questions, but there is no stamp. One stamp 
may not mean much, but the brother in a new country 
may get a dozen letters in one week. Does justice de- 
mand that he should be at the expense of answering 
all these letters? 

Two ministers of some note, one in the East and 
the other in the West, tell us that their postage bill, 
for this kind of work, amounts to a considerable sum 
in the course of a year. We suggest that people who 
write for information pay at least the return postage. 
They ought to do more, and they will, if they live up 
to the demands of the Golden Rule. What we here 
say does not apply to institutions, business enterprises 
and agents to whose interest it is to reply to all letters 
of inquiry. It is meant to apply to that class who are 
in no way benefited by the information they give out. 

No Occasion for War. 

It is most deplorable that the militaristic promoters 
are urging, by all the means within their powes^stUI 
further and more elaborate preparations for a larger 
army and navy. But, really, what good reasons are 
there for such a move? The oceans that wash our 
coasts are a better protection than a thousand ex- 
pensive dreadnoughts. Real fighting strength does 
not lie in monstrous cannon, nor in steel-clad forts or 
ships, but in the prosperity and productive power of 
the mass of our people. We shall never have a for- 
eign war unless we make it ourselves ; and as we are 
too strong to fear aggression, we should be too just 
to cause real offense. When Christ said : " Whatso- 
ever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even 
so to them : for this is the law and the prophets," he 
was expressing in clear language a universal rule 
which is just as applicable to nations as to individuals. 
To this we must conform if either our national or 
individual life is to be prosperous and happy. God's 
blessing attends the well-ordered life. " If a man's 
ways please the Lord, he shall cause even his enemies 
to be at peace with him." 

When a Revival Is Needed. 

When may a revival be expected? The answer is 
clear and plain. When the lukewarmness and short- 
comings of the church membership so weigh upon 
each heart that there is a turning-about— a return to 
the ways of righteousness. A revival will come when 
you are willing to make a sacrifice for it, when you 
make a sacrifice of your business, of your time, of 
your money I A revival will come when you are will- 
ing that God shall promote and use whatever means, 
or instruments, or individuals, or methods he is' 
pleased to employ. Let God have his way every time ! 
Break up the fallow ground all around you ! There 
are. acres and acres of it lying within easy react that 
have never, as yet, been touched. Do not complain 
that there are no opportunities within your grasp, but 
place yourself as a willing instrument in the Lord's 
hands. You can measure your desire for the sal- 
vation of those around you by the amount of self- 
denial you are willing to exercise for Jesus Christ. 
The path to victory is found only by way of Geth- 
semane and Golgotha. 

A Growing Tendency. 

We are in receipt of a communication from a 
thoughtful sister, who says that she is thoroughly 
convinced that the small caps, worn by many of our 
sisters, do not represent the devotional covering re- 
ferred to by Paul in 1 Cor. 11. She would have as 
much of the head covered, by the prayer-covering as 
is covered by the hair, and in putting this principle 
into operation, would hardly be content even with the 
more ample covering worn by most of the conserva- 
tive sisters. 

Without attempting to discuss the question at 
length, we suggest the advisability of our sisters 
everywhere giving the size and the shape of the 
prayer-covering more attention than it has been re- 
ceiving of late years. The recent practice of cutting 
this covering down until only a small piece of goods 
■ s left lymg on top of the head, is simply to subject 
to ndicule what Paul would have us regard as sacred 
and becoming. The very neat cap, worn by our sis- 
ters a decade ago, and still worn by hundreds of them 
was looked upon by all classes as an article of beauty' 
taste and fitness. No one ever misunderstood its pur- 
pose, and no one cared to speak irreverently about it 
Some years ago we visited in the home of a crippled 
sister, who devoted all her time to making prayer- 
coverings, and filling orders by mail. She told us that 
under no circumstances, would she fill an order for 
the greatly-abbreviated coverings worn by some of 
the sisters. We commended her for her strict adher- 
ence to the spirit of what Paul meant to teach in 1 
Cor. 11, and only wish that all those now engaging 
in the business could adopt the same policy The 
tendency of the present growing policy is ultimately 
to eliminate the devotional covering altogether 

The Posture in Prayer. 

One of our sisters says that she does not like the 
standing or sitting posture in praj-er; nor does she 
like the only too common custom of members kneeling 
with their faces turned away from the pulpit. In 
her judgment, it would seem more appropriate, and 
would certainly be more impressive for all the wor- 
shipers to face the speaker's desk, during the season 
of prayer. In far too many instances, when kneeling 
with their backs to the pulpit, young members engage, 
more or less, in a whispered conversation. The un- 
fortunate habit shows not only a grave indication of 
irreverence and bad manners, but it is very annoying 
to people who have some regard for the sacredness 
of the hour of prayer. It is maintained that the at- 
titude suggested would break up this bad habit, and 
encourage a greater degree of reverence and spirit- 
uality in the house of God. 

Praying for the Messenger. 

It is comforting to receive letters from earnest min- 
isters, in which we find statements like this : " How 
often do we, in our family worship, make mention of 
the Messenger, the good work it is doing, and those 
who have the paper in charge." And then another: 
" In our family circle we often speak of you and the 
good work that is being accomplished." We wonder 
how many of our patrons actually pray for the success 
of the Messenger, and for the guidance of the Holy 
Spirit, that those having the work in charge may do 
only that which will prove a Messing to the Lord. 
Remember, that " the effectual, fervent prayer of 
righteous man availeth much." 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 


General Mission Board. — H. 

;Kra" ; B c cv?r. B E Ti" k i.?'. ,iw s, 

Toder, McPhei 
. Mt. Morris, I 
Ober, Chain 

Manchester, Ii 

Educational Board. — H. C. Early, Penn Laird, Va., 

Wash^ Lafaye 

S. Blough, 

s:l- S. Hniiijilirfy . 

is, Elgin, III.. Secretary- 

■r, Ind.. VUo-vh.tli c 

; J. C. Bright, R. 

Holslnger, Brethren, Mich.; J. S. Plory, 
. Committee. — P. J. Blough, 

_ iflklyn, 
, Swlgart, Seci 

_ _ etary, Mt. Morris, 
Moores Store, Va. 

-J. Kurtz Miller, Chairman, 358 Six 

Broadway, Va.; 

McPherson, Kana.; P. 

Homeless Children Committee.— F ran 1, Fish 
Mexico, Ind.; R E. John. Treasurer, "-* 

Tlmmas;, Sr-iTrta r\, I la rrl-.inihii i ,. \ a 

Van Buren Street, Cln I ■ ■:« ir.., III'. 1 'H '.i : " TC. B. Hoff, ' Maywood, 
111 1918; J. W. I. par, IVmUhi-. 111.. 1917; D. N. Eller, Dale- 
vllle, Va., 19Ki: Eilwaid Frunlz. I-nr.lsbnrg, Cal., 1915. 


The Mission Board of our District met at our place 
Jao. 12, and arranged the work for the present year. The 
writer and wife are continued in the work, with Sister 
Helen C. Barker, living in the Mission Rooms, as our 
assistant, especially in charge of the charity work and 
acting as assistant in all of our services. Sister Barker 
has lived many years in our city, has a very large ac- 
quaintance, and is adapted to her line of work. 

We are now starting on our twenty-fifth year of work 
in Kansas City. During this time we have had our joys 
and sorrows, but, on the whole, the effort has been 
crowned with a fair degree of success. At the beginning 
there were but two members living in the entire city- 
Brother and Sister Keim,— who are yet living here. Since 
then we have baptized four hundred and thirty-seven. 
We now have three organized churches, with three 

The following is a summary of our work for the year 
1914: Sermons preached, 1'43; Sunday-schools attended 
and helped, 114; prayer meetings attended, 93; Christian 
Workers' Meetings, 51; Aid Societies helped, 62; rummage 
sales, 48; anointings, 12; funerals preached, 15; councils 
held, 7; love feasts, 4; teachers' meetings, 21; visits with 
prayer, 153; visits into homes 1,718; baptisms, 38. 

About fifteen hundred garments were given to the poor, 
and over two hundred dollars was paid for the care of 
the worthy poor. 

By the help of the Lord and your help, we will do all 
in our power to do more and better work for him. 

12 N. Ferree Street, Jan. 20. I. H. Crist and wife. 


Jan. 3 the first Brethren Sunday-school at Arcadia 
was organized at the home of Bro. S. W. Bail. The at- 
tendance was very good, the offering far above the aver- 
age,' and all seemed to be deeply interested. We think 
this is a very promising field for a live-wire Sunday- 
school. A large number of families desire to send their 
children to Sunday-scjiool, but are prevented because 
there are no schools located in their part of the city. After 
Sunday-school we had preaching by Bro. S. W. Bail. 
The room was small and the congregation large, which 
only emphasizes the fact that we need a church in which 
to hold our services. 

We have purchased and paid for a beautiful corner lot, 
conveniently located, and are arranging for the erection 
of a church building in the near future. Several large 
subscriptions have been tendered by the citizens of Ar- 
cadia, and we have reasons to feel very much encouraged. 
Bro. Frantz, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, has promised to hold 
a series of meetings for us. We especially invite breth- 
ren and sisters, who are spending the winter in Florida, 
or those who expect to make this their permanent home, 
to locate with us and help to promote the Lord's work. 
Arcadia is the county-seat of De Soto County, having a 
population of about 4,500. It has splendid educational 
facilities, with a first grade high school. It is surrounded 
by rich farm lands, beautiful orange and grape fruit 
groves. Taking it as a whole it is a picturesque little 
town. The people are ardent church-goers, sociable and 
hospitable. They give you a hearty welcome to their 
city. • Mrs. S. W. Bail. 

Arcadia, Fla., Jan. 20. 

The Logansport church met in council on the evening 
of Dec. 31. In the absence of our elder, Bro. J. W. Norris, 
our pastor, Bro. Chas. R. Oberlin, presided. Two letters 
of membership were received and eight were granted. 
Other business of importance was also attended to. Of- 
ficers for all departments of church work were elected for 
1915. Our church officers are Sister Bessie Rhyne, clerk; 
Bro. Joseph Martin, Sr., treasurer; Sister Josephine Han- 
nah, Messenger correspondent; the writer, Messenger 
agent; Sister Dora Hirt, chorister. Marion Mullins was 
chosen Sunday-school superintendent; Sister Ruth Smith, 

secretary; Sister Julia Smith, cradle roll superintendent; 
Sister Josephine Hannah, superintendent of the home de- 
partment; Sister Anna Grafe, Christian Workers' presi- 
dent; Bro. H. C. Murphy, leader of our prayer meeting; 
Sister Maud Parker, President of our Aid Society. Our 
Sunday-school teachers were appointed by the official 
board of our church and the superintendent of the Sun- 
day-school. They were installed into office by our pas- 
tor on Sunday, Jan. 3. 

Our church is only a small mission point in Middle 
Indiana, and nearly all of our members are day-laborers. 
Some of them arc very poor, owing to illness, and must J>e 
helped. Then, too, there arc many poor people here who 
are not members of our church. The limited financial 
condition of our church docs not enable us to do for our 
poor and needy ones what we should like to do, and as 
they deserve to be provided for. Although we have an ac- 
tive Aid Society, our resources are insufficient for such a 
large field of opportunity. We rejoice, however, that the 
Aid Societies of our adjoining congregations, — West Man- 
chester, North Manchester, Eel River, Mexico, Howard 
and Flora,— have contributed so liberally in money, cloth- 
ing and fruit. Through their efforts, along with our mite, 
it was made possible for us, Dec. 24, to distribute a num- 
ber of baskets of fruit, meat and clothing to the poor of 
our city as Christmas gifts, which were very much appre- 
ciated by those receiving them. Much good could be 
done in other missions of our cities, if our wealthier 
churches would give more liberally to this worthy cause. 

Logansport, Ind., Jan. 14. Gertrude Oberlin. 


The trustees of Kansas and Eastern Colorado met at the 
home of Bro. F. J. Price, of McPherson, Kans., to trans- 
act needed business and to review the work of the past 
year. The old officers were reelected for another year as 
follows: Bro. I. H. Crist, of Kansas City, Kans., Presi- 
dent; Bro. D. A. Crist, of Quintcr, Kans., Vice-president; 
Bro. W. H. Miller, of Independence, Kans., Secretary; 
Bro. F. J. Price, of McPherson, Kans., Treasurer. Bro. 
O. H. Feiler, of Hutchinson, Kans., was chosen to fill the 
unexpired term of Bro. J. J. Bowser for Southwestern 

Our work is growing, and the prospects for the future 
were never better. Our Superintendent, Bro. E. E. John, 
is to give all his time to the work, except the time re- 
quired to look after his charge af McPherson. He will 
visit, as far as possible, every church In the State and 
Eastern Colorado, in the interest of this work, which lies 
so close to the hearts of those engaged in it. We take 
this method of urging all the elders in this territory to 
bring before their respective charges, before our superin- 
tendent comes to you, the necessity of giving to this noble 
work, and opening their hearts and homes to these home- 
less, helpless ones that can be, and are, rescued for Christ. 
We have in our midst several as fine children as ever 
graced a home. They are growing up for the kingdom of 
God and, we trust, will become missionaries to help in 
the rescue of others. I am happy to say that all our chil- 

need homes. All who desire to secure homes for orphans, 
or those who may want a child, should write to the un- 
dersigned, or to Bro. E. E. John, College Hill, McPherson, 
Kans,, and your wants will be attended to. May God 
bless the work entirely to his glory! By order of the 
trustees, W. H. Miller, Secretary. 

320 South Eighteenth Street, Independence, Kans., Jan. 


On Sunday, Jan. 3, our Sunday-school officers and 
teachers began their work for the new year. An appro- 
priate installation service was conducted during the 
preaching hour by Eld. Wm. Royer. He inspired us with 
new hope for the great victories within our power, if we 
make the Lord's work foremost in our plans for each 
week. He emphasized the importance of improving in the 
art of teaching, by studying the principles employed 
by the Great Teacher. These may be mastered by reading 
the many helpful teachers' books in our Sunday-school 
library, etc. He made us feel keenly that we are respons- 
ible for the spiritual welfare of those whom we have, and 
others we should have, in our classes. At his request the 
officers and teachers arose in a body, to promise loyalty, 
faithful effort, punctuality, etc. 

In the afternoon of the same day, in the Painter Creek 
church, a joint Sunday-school Convention of the Pitts- 
burg and the Painter Creek congregations was held. An 
interesting program was rendered. Some vital problems 
were discussed. Last Sunday our Missionary Committee 
gave a very interesting talk to the Sunday-school on the 
work of the organization known as " The Gideons,"— very 
fitting to the lesson of the day. One of the most inter- 
esting things mentioned was their effort to place a Bible 
into every room of the city hotels. Mention was made of 
their allusion, on the fly-leaf, to scriptures that should be 
read as a cure for different maladies, such as discourage- 
ment, loneliness, misfortune, etc. This was enjoyed by all, 
especially by those who recalled, from past incidents, the 
feeling of loneliness that filled them, when far from home 

and loved ones, and how even a hotel bed-room held an 
atmosphere of "home sweet home," when a Bible was 
found on the stand, or in a dresser drawer. 

We expect Bro. J. W. Norris, of Marion, Ind., to be with 
us Feb. S, to begin a revival effort, which, we pray, may 
be Fruitful of much good. T. S, Eikenberry. 

R. D. 2, Arcanum, Ohio, Jan. 23. 


Our neighborhood of three churches, in the Coon River 
congregation, has been greatly stirred up by the forceful 
evidences of the truths of the Bible, presented to us by 
Bro. W. R. Miller. His wonderful, illustrated proofs of 
fulfilled prophecies, and the many infallible evidences 
presented to us, showed that the Bible is God's Book, and 
that Jesus Christ is his Son. 

Bro. Miller came to our Panora house a few weeks ago, 
notwithstanding the holiday season was on. Good in- 
terest was manifested at once, but when he reached the 
Bagley house the interest knew no bounds. Night after 
night many were turned away, unable to gain admittance, 
because the house was packed to its utmost capacity. 
Doctors, bankers, ministers, etc., were in the audience 
each evening, and it was the verdict of all that Bagley 
never had anything sjd wonderful, in the way of bringing 
Bible truths to our people, as well as illuminating other 
passages, difficult to understand. 

The Holy Spirit seemed to take possession of men's 
and women's hearts in our town, until they were heard 
to say with one accord: "It is wonderful. We could 
never before comprehend the truths of the Bible as we do 
now." Bro. Miller closed his work in Bagley on Sunday, 
at 2: 30 P. M. In his talk he gave the experiences of his 
company with the Arabs. The house was packed with 
people, who were very sorry to sec these meetings close. 

We drove to Yale, where Bro. Miller preached an in- 
spiring sermon in the evening. On Monday evening a 
fine audience greeted him, although a revival service was 
held at the same hour. On Tuesday evening not so many 
were out, but a fair-sized audience awaited him, and fully 
appreciated his efforts. 

Thus closed one of the most uplifting scries of Bible 
Land lectures that we have ever had the privilege of 
hearing. Many prayers and good wishes follow Brother 
Miller and wife, as they go to other fields of labor. May 
God abundantly bless them and all the Brotherhood! 

Yale, Iowa, Jan. 20. Moses Dcardorff. 

The day for the dedication was set for Jan. 24. That 
morning dawned clear and cold, with the temperature be- 
low zero. The snow creaked under the wagon wheels. 
Walking was difficult, because of the icy walks. Would 
the people come? We had heretofore nothing but a little 
store-room to worship in, and that was not at all attrac- 
tive. Now we were to go into the new house. This had 
been announced, and invitations had been sent. But would 
the people brave the weather conditions and come? About 
fifty members from other congregations did come. The 
few members in town were supplemented by friends, citi- 
zens, neighbors and children, until the house was packed. 
Nearly three hundred were at the morning service, and 
nearly as many at the 3 P. M. service. There were two 
hundred or more at the evening service. The house is not 
large, but built \o meet the needs of the Sunday-school 
and other services of the church. It is built with dark red 
brick veneer, and a stone foundation. Inside there is yel- 
low pine finish, with oak seats. A number of Sunday- 
school rooms are provided, a gallery, vestibule, basement, 
furnace heat and all other necessary conveniences are pro- 

Eld. Gale 


uld speak 

B. Royer gave the dedicatio 
eived. In his characteristic 
chord in human experience, 
n. It had been arranged tha 
in the evening. The congregation gave intense interest. 
The theme was "Christian Service." 

We make a financial statement, because this is the work 
of the entire District. The lot cost $2,600; the building, 
$7,551.74; total, $10,151.74. It is provided for as follows: 
Donations and pledges, $7,090.44; loan from General Mis- 
sion Board, $2,000. Sixteen churches and Sunday-schools 
gave $319.83. An offering at the dedication amounted to 
$307.47. Total, $9,717.74. This leaves a balance of $434 
unprovided for. Sixteen churches and Sunday-schools 
took collections Jan. 17, and forwarded them, to be count- 
ed in the offering at the dedication. Chicago sent in the 
largest amount, $43. 

The Freeport work is undertaken purely as a missionary 
project, different from most other 
a house before we have much m« 
is located in a splendid residence 
no other church. As we move on 
quainted, we are confirmed in oi 
this is a good location. We belie 
city for us. Bro. P. R. Keltner is 

s, in that v, 

e have built 


Our church 

district, w 

ere there is 

. and becon 

e better ac- 

ur first con 

clusion that 

ve it is the 

best in the 

located her 

e. With his 

knowledge of 
experience in beginning 

u'ssion work, and especially his 
ork in cities where little has so 
e that a splendid and abiding 
city of Freeport. The Lord led 

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THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 

us here. Success shall crown our efforts, as, under hi: 
blessing, suuls arc bom into the Kingdom. 

The Mission Hoard held its midwinter meeting on Sat 
urday, Jan. 23, in the home of Brother and Sister Keltncr 
In a few hours the routine business, as well as the change: 
which are to take place at some of the mission points ii 
the near future, was disposed of. These we shall an 
nouncc later when more fully settled. John Hcekman. 

I'oh.. III.. Jan. 25. 




at McFarlandi Cal. I found a most excellent body of 
Brethren located there.— well situated for prosperous liv- 
ing as well as for enlarging the borders of Zion. 

They have a new, splendidly-built and modcrnly- 
equipped church building, with a seating capacity oi two 
hundred and fifty. By utilizing the gallery and the base- 
num. ib.y have, by partitioning off the required rooms, 
a most convenient and well-equipped Sunday-school build- 
ing, — something that is lacking in so many of our church- 
houses. But the well-equipped building is not the only 
attraction found at McFarland: They have over eighty 
Sunday-school pupils.— a fact most interesting. They have 
a live, thoughtful, up-to-date superintendent. — a factor es- 
sential. They have a corps of competent, wide-awake 
icachers that move things. Another thing, contributing 
very much to their successful Sunday-school work, is 
found in the fact that the Secretary of the District lives 
at McFarland, and has been conducting a teacher-training 
class with a greater number of pupils than would, at any 
time, supply their immediate need for teachers. 

The brethren here seem to be in a prosperous condition. 
They have a magnificent country. It is an alfalfa-dairy 
country, but hogs, turkeys, chickens, all kinds of vege- 
tables and grains arc also produced. It will, in a few 
years, abound in fruit. 

With the exception of a few families, most of the mem- 
bers live in easy reach of the church. With the unity of 
the Spirit, in the bond of peace, the McFarland church 
occupies the ground floor of opportunity. Each and every 



the Church of the Brethren has 
ity. To the writer it seems to be one of the most pros- 
perous communities, as well adapted to home-building as 
any found in the San Joaquin Valley. 

But while it is essential to take note of the opportunities 
for home-making, — a thing which has always seemed very 
necessary, — the McFarland members rejoice most in the 
ingathering of souls. Three, — two boys of twelve years 
each, and one man ncaring his seventieth birthday, — 
were buried with Christ in holy baptism. The writer has 
witnessed many baptismal scenes, but this one, in some 
respects, was more beautiful than any I have yet seen. 
Th< baptism was in a beautiful reservoir of near a half 
acre, with solid bottom. The water was as clear as crystal, 
and having been just pumped in, was warm. The service 
was witnessed by many. 

Eld. A. r.lickcnstaff did the baptizing, and from the per- 
fect manner of his work, I hardly think he could say. 
with Paul, that he is " not sent to baptize." While but 
three made the decision, we are hopeful for at least four 
others at an early date, — three of these waiting on the de- 
cision of one. May he not refuse to come, to the loss of 
all! The prayers of the church are ascending in their 
behalf. The saddest thing in any life is to be almost 
saved, and yet lost. 1. Harman Stover. 

McFarland. Cal.. Jan. 20, 1915. 


Bro. John Spangler was born in Floyd County, Va. He 
died of pneumonia, at his residence in Floyd County, Va„ 
Jan 8, WIS. aged eighty-eight years and five months. He 
was married twice. Both his companions preceded him to 
the grave. To the first union were born five children. 
three of whom survive. To the second union was born 
one son, who also survives. 

Bro. Spangler was a member of the Church of the 
Brethren about sixty-five years. He was called to the 
ministry about fifty-five years ago, and was a faithful, 
devoted worker for the Lord. He was " always ready to 
give a reason for the hope" within him. He attended 
church regularly, as long as he was able. The last few 
years of his life he was mostly confined to his home, on 
account of age and declining health. He was well in- 
formed in the Scriptures, and never at a loss to converse 
on any point of religion. He was often asked for infor- 
mation concerning the Scriptures, even by those of other 
denominations, and was held in high esteem by all who 
knew him. and especially so by his neighbors. 

The church has lost a good counselor, who was a faith- 
ful and devoted Christian man. The writer often visited 
him, sought his wise counsel, and enjoyed his godly con- 
versation and good words of encouragement. At the time 
of my last visit, while he was yet able to be around in his 
room, he said that his faith was so strong that all the 
forces of the adversary could not change his views of the 
doctrines, as held by the Church of the Brethren. He felt 
that he was ready to depart, and did not fear death. The 
writer assisted in anointing him. a few years ago, when 
he expressed himself as having finished his course with 

joy. Thus ends the life of a godly man. Services were 
conducted by Brethren W. H. Naff and J. F. Keith. Text, 
Rev. 14: 13. Interment was made in the family burying 

Notes From Oar Correspondents 

lo a thirsty soul, so i 

line of Christ plain 
vonderiul results o 

Hickory Grove.— Fo 

said. In regard 

J. Markley, 

church has 


Covina.— Our elder being at Hornet, holding a se 
nestings, ll became necessary to postpone otir regula 

the preaching services. The Sund 
?adership» of Bro. D. J. Overholtzer, 
nd Layman will lead us 


IiOH AllfielCK. 

ie bad weathe: 
Our members 

be held Feb. 13, with our elder, 

Edgar A. Hummer, R. D. 1, P< 

Monticello. — Our series of r 

Jan. 8. On Friday and, Satun 

Los Angel 
ristlleb belt 
tiding the winter i 
McFarland.— Jan. 3 Bro. J. L. Hazlett, 

i Stover began a series of meetings 

weeks, closing . 

A good a 

S. Chrlstlieb, Los Angeles, Cal., 

preached pi Is 

■ ■.-tin 



hte efforts.— J. L. Hibner. Monticello, In 
New Salem church has just closed an In 
neetings, which were begun Jan. 7 by Bro 

-Jacob Nlll, McFarland, 
eport we failed to say 

anksglving mis; 

otherhood wi 
ur council wl 
y, im charge. - 

Warstler. of 
■d. he visited 

i she professi 

s','rvlces Berlin i'i V, [l-r" "- i" \ \Viillr Avenue Pas 


South. Bend (First Church of the Brethren);- 

-Our congre- 

er presided, assisted by Bro. Grate.r, of the S 

cond church. 

Sa™?rf le th?"orarSrtS- iXta- m?«' s™t? 

will he with us. Bro. George has consented to 

pastor and elder. — (Mrs.) Sylvia Bowman. 61S D 

ibail Avenue, 

ter; Sister Mabel Weaver. Messenger correspondent 

W. W. Fink, solicitor. We are glad to welcome Bi 

Yellow River. — Jan. 18 and 1ft Bro. Ross E 

Mahlon and Furman Beeghlev and their families in 

ssionarv dis- 

midst. Bro. D. H. Weaver is seriously ill at his home 

courses. Our Aid Society and Mission Study CI; 

England, of Lordsburg, dal., has been holding meeting 

organized since our last report. We hope these 

success, iind he beneficial to our small band o 

' workers at 

this place, and tihat great good will result from 

them.— Alma 

E. Hanawalt, Bourbon, Ind., Jan. 24. 


in, Cal., Jan. 24. 

Altoona. — Our congregation met in council wi 


in charge. We elected church officers as folio 

>&: Bro. Joel 

Good Hope church met in council Jan. 13. Our elde 
S. G. Nlckey, of Moore-field, Nehr., presided. Eight 


church correspondent; Bro. Joel Varner. enure 
three years. We discontinued our Sunday eve 
for an Indefinite period. The writer was cho 

ning services 
sen elder in 

for this year. There are only a few of us at this plac 

c. but 

, Kans., Jan. 

J. B. Moore, nf C ; ,mbH.lge, NVbr.. was chosen as our 
for one year; Bro. Wm. Hiir/p and Sister J. H. Kinzie 
day-school superintendents; Sister Mary Hlnze, seer 


Bro. A. J. 
our last re- 


their int< 


untry church, and 


conducted by : 

by death a few ■ 

Nezperce. — Bro. Warren Slabaugh, 


npathy of het 

for 1915. 


■ough study of Gospel 
ter of membership h 
been reclaimed. — Awilda Buck, 

tlmore (Fulton Avenue). — Jan. 
h met in council, with Eld. J. A. 

■ time of our love feast, 

re beginning 


y Spin 

t is hoped tliat ^ 
f meetings prio: 
ith brightei 

We : 


onward, trusting 

is into larger f 
of rejoicing for i 
one by baptism 

. Shihaugh : 
i by baptism. last-Su 

patent. Spirit-tilled teacher o 
day-school girls united witii t 
day evening. — Leiah Greek. Nezperce, Idaho. 


Shannon,— Jan. 21 closed an Interesting Bible and Sun- 
day-school Institute at this place, conducted by Bro. J. G. 
Royer. Every session was full of good things, and we know- 
that the church has been' greatly benefited. May the Lord 
abundantly bless Bro. Royer in this good work! One was re- 
ceived into the church during his stav with us. — Etta 
Krelder, Shannon, 111.. Jan. 30. 

Waddams Grove. — The members of this church have been 

Geiser, 1607 

niss their cheerful ; 

. elder in- chargi 
iperance Commit 
r Christian Workers' 

?il Dec. 12, 
id. J. 
Lottie Buell ■ 



Albaugh. presiding. Eld. J. E. Albaugh 
Se. Sister Lottie Buell was el 
Ittee; Sister Flossie Albaugh, j 

Missionary Comm 
th Bro. J. W. But 

■vices on Sunday i 

. able 


talk. — Albert 

BUuvllle congregation is still contin 
ncreasing interest and wonderful res 


tie J 



u'ng f "nd" 


un.-h eno 

tiding Eid. Samu 

large iit-li 

all rtppnvbite the 

deacons, with abo; 

organized a i 

■'irrLvr-tr.'iinlrig .'].,. 


J. P. Bowman is our instru 

new church house 

shall be 

orshtp in i 



vVe anticipate a ver 

THE GOSPEL MESSENGER— February 6, 1915. 

Mich.. Jan. MINNESOTA. 

. .. Bro [ p sondes oiime to us. and labored 

„.,«, ""i« tl.e =411,. i : .e S in,,i,, K ,v„„ ,l,e «,„. week he Save 
us four illustrated lectures .-n ln-= navel- in tin Ml lent, i »e»i 
„,"„..„ we U received. Following these In- preached to us eacu 
evening. At .the se_ser vices 

the truth so well preseniea. a 

work here Is backed by snmo good falti 
its membership. Others, however, are neeuetl - .jlf^JS'^F* 
in the Sunday-school has been on the advance, n. 
Richards, M.'.t \W?t Seventh Street. Winona. Minn., Jan. 28. 

QhBlbv — Bro. James Hardy, of Kansas City, Kans.. held a 

v i *■ — ri. •* ..r meetings at our church. He preached 
manv interesting sermons while Here. He unfolded the truths 
f tin- Bible and did niiuli Rood among our members and 
ilders Three were baptized, Those meetings closed , T "" 

An llyllon. One letter 

Bro, Hyllon preached to q ! 
lowing.— Clenimie. E. Ilyiton, 

Unity congregation met in 

7 —Nettie Keller, Clai 


Circle villa ol 
- pastor pre 





ed to the church. 
-L. H. Prowant, 

, Jan. 22. prepara- 

of our elder, 

lear the kingdom. 
.eceived a donation frmn the One,, Spring Aid Society. 
hich can be used to good advantage lien-, lor many men 
■e out Of employment, and manv p.m, P'*op)e Ilia e not to eat anil to wear Mav our Heavenly Father Mess 
( . SP K ,. ni , r ous givers! — I.:ui<--1 Sollenberger. 954 South Plclt- 
v,v Street, cireleville. Ohio, Jan. 28. _ . _ 

Covington.— Our Sunday-school was well attended 

day morning. Th 
dance to be mi 
gained in ev> 

nt, including 

■cretary's report showed — 
tendance to't uch higher than that of any precedin 

■ xcepting 

of collection. 


audience awaited 

Kingdom Re- 
of Christ's teachings 
l-b in rilled by the power of 
Gospel. One' came forward for membership.— Elizabeth 
iberger, Covington, Ohio, Jan. 3" 

(rougher, 132 Shearer Street, Greens- 
jve House).— As a result of our re- 

contlnued three weeks, llfty-seven 

lifflculty In rals 
jslrous of gettln 

u>lte»' Societies,- -Mattla E, ZUrter, Broadway, Va., Jan. 25. 

• On' vai Inns depart nls mv as n'llmvs: Mid. Enoch Faw, 

lor in charfffc a. i.. Miller, superintendent! of Sunday- 

■'"l':.c\ man '.nil. Vlnl, 'nd, m id' i'radle Koll, ;ui.l Ma,' Miller, 

charge, — Alpha L. Miller, 

. Sisters' Aid Societies. 

Fostoria. — Our 

24. His plain and ^~. 

people. The attendance was good through 

North Union Street, Fostoria, Ohio, Jan. 27. 

New Carlisle congregation has just closed a series ol u 
ings Eld. David Fill, run. wliu recently located In our mi 
gatlon, began the meetings Jan. 3 and preached five inte 

i oilier parts of tlie Brotherhood from the earliest 
i to the present. Many of these have gone to their 
id others will have to give the information. I 

lo have included in this list all who were in the 

Beaver Creek congregation, preached 

ursday morning, 

vlll b 

e of general Intercut 


ho please be 

4. — Jerome 


Blough, His- 

. 25. 



Ices, while 




i_ College, 
rmon on the 


s. Our Sun 


IS fo 



ek, by direct 

'■'v.iiy. iiV'J South L.u'ust Street, Hagersl 
I. A WHENCE, KANB.— The following if 
Society for five months, during HIM, in. 
iarv. We met twenty linn's, with an 
if live Wo made Ihirty-elght e.imtnrl, 

ance of $78.54 
n tie Relchard, 

digust until Jan 
charging thirty 

",,;,,,' ;,,;;;,, ','.. Water B.-S. Katherman is our President— Edith 

'LIBEBTTr.'lLL.-Ourlng the year ending December, 1914 
nit" meetings w'ti- held, with ii n average attendance of 
eight, Our work i 

writer, Secretary-1 
i'i'"i' L "''r , | , |'l'h' l''iiVl'il|.- Ll'beitv, 111.. Jan. 2'k 
MSOBAmCSBJTBp. PA^u, Jl.l.l-s' AW _-!,■, 

.1 Howard Eidemiller and David Dredge, of New Carlisle, con- 
tinued our meetings until Sunday evening, Jan. 17, When Vl\e 
meetings were closed. The attendance was good. Several 
. vi-nmgs tlie church wi 
who came. Sister Vi 
conducted the song se 

ing Is still in a critic- 
Carlisle, Ohio, Jan. 25 
Notice.— The DIstrk 
be held in the Lick Cr 

The Missionary 

, of West 

ich greatly helped our 

!. — Viola I.. Musselmai 

of Northwestern Ohl 
'man,. Bryan. Ohio, Ma 
the day before.- 

Tellow Creek church met in council Jan. 2. with Eld. D. A. 
Stayer presiding. We elected church officers as follows: Bro. 
L E Greenawalt. clerk; Bro. Adam Stayer, treasurer; Breth- 
ren Jos. Boos and Nathan Clapper, solJiMtors; Bro. Edward 
Steele, superintendent of the Bethel Sunday-school, with Sis- 
ter Savanna Snvder as secretary; Pro. Jos. flapper, superin- 
tendent of the Steele Sunday-school. Pro. Frank Ritchey Is 
president of our Christian Workers' Meeting, with Sister 
Joanna Snyder as secretary. Bro. John C. Garland, of Pleas- 
,ni THii™ Pa hpcan a series of meetings at the Bethel 
I until Jan. 3. One was baptized. 

eight dollars in 
in $06.40, and pf 

ttendance of 
id nine Q 

We made and 
sold fourteen 
We had thlrty- 

, Ohio, 


Enid Mlflsion.— Our series of meetings, conducted by Bro 

Leonard H. Root, of Wichita, Kansas. ..pened Jan. 3. arid closed 

Ian •>! Good interest was manifested throughout the meet- 

inland three yo u „ K people » r ,e ...eelved Into the .church hy 

■ before the 
j feel encoura 
. build up a c 

; phi 


for inembKs i.« 

you are interested in moving to a good 1 

Meek. 709 E. Cherokee, Enid, Okla.. and 

will receive prompt attention.— Mabel Cripe. 1008 &. rian- 

dolph. Enid, Okla., Jan. 28. 

All.any.-We met in council, with Eld. Hiram Smith pre- 
siding. Three letters Were received and 1 1 h . «- were SV^ted. 
Church officers w-re elected as follows: Ms -r I A. Balti 

„i „.,i,. i=i= f ,„- I.ettv Smith, church and Sunday-school 

ispondent. We reor- 

of the 

P. A. Baltimore as superintendents. At the close 
meeting Sister Strieker, one of our aged memln 
anointed. Brother and Sister Puterbaugh will com 
«,.« m meetings in this congregation about March 

atly strength* 



jrtainly enjoyed 

"""' iriD "" ^ ."" TEXAS. 
Manvel.— We enjoyed a very spiritual love feast Jan. 25. 

"Jur members were I h encouraged M I in- im'S.-nee ol s.-.- 

■ral visiting members. Bro. Morris, of Oklahoma, lias been 
[.reaching here for two weeks. He is an able, earnest, 
■onset-rated worker. Five wen- willing lo accept Jesus as 
their Savior, ami were baptized today. Four ol them are 
Sunday-school scholars. We feel that the Spirit is striving 

; vith .'.ihe-s. j pray that llu-y may yield ere the meeting